ROME – Serie A side AS Roma have completed the signing of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on a season-long loan deal, the two clubs announced on Friday.
Smalling, who joined United in 2010, has made over 300 appearances for the club in all competitions, but has found himself out of favour at the Old Trafford club this season, especially after the arrival of Harry Maguire.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had said at a news conference earlier on Friday that he could not promise Smalling regular game time as he had a number of centre backs to choose from.
“Chris fancied the chance to go over there. It’s a new experience, new adventure,” Solskjaer told the club’s media channel.