Smalling has no regrets leaving Manchester United for Roma loan

‘It was a challenge I wanted to take’: Chris Smalling reveals he has no regrets about leaving his Manchester United ‘comfort zone’ for Roma loan

  • Chris Smalling revealed he has no regrets leaving Manchester United on loan
  • The defender has recaptured his best form this season with Serie A side Roma 
  • Smalling also revealed he is being kept in the loop with Serie A’s potential return 

Chris Smalling has revealed that he has no regrets leaving Manchester United on loan this season for Serie A side Roma.

The England international fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford after the club signed Harry Maguire in the summer for £80million. 

Smalling explained that he didn’t want to sit on the bench at United and wanted to leave his ‘comfort zone’ in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team as he asked for a loan move.  

Chris Smalling revealed he has no regrets leaving Manchester United for Roma on loan

‘Some English players have gone abroad but not many,’ he told The Times. 

‘It was a challenge that I wanted to take. I’m someone who definitely lives by not having any regrets. I like new things maybe out of my comfort zone and show people that anything is possible.’

Smalling has revived his career since joining Roma with a dominant season in Italy. He has been an integral part of the Serie A side’s defence as they sit fifth in the table.  

Smalling has revived his career in Serie A with impressive performances in Italy

No return date has been set yet for the return of Serie A, after all major leagues suspended their matches due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the uncertainty, Smalling said he and his team-mates are being kept well in the loop with developments. 

‘I can understand everyone’s position if they’ve not got that full clarity,’ he added.

‘Everybody wants to be as informed as possible. Fortunately, here at Roma, I feel like they have that clarity. They’ve kept us in the loop.

The defender said he is being kept well up to date as Serie A plans return from coronavirus

‘We had regular meetings with the CEO [Guido Fienga], talking about different measures, and keeping us up to date.

‘That’s been very useful to know their discussions with the league and the doctors and they are relaying that straight back to us. That’s why I feel like a lot of players here are comfortable about coming back, knowing the different measures.

‘It’s all been listed, but if some players at some clubs who don’t have that all in place yet then I can understand them being a bit fearful until that’s put in place. I’d want the same as well.’

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