Chris Smalling has admitted that he has an interesting decision to make regarding his future at the end of the current campaign when his season-long loan at AS Roma comes to an end.
Smalling’s decision to spend the season on loan at the Stadio Olympico has proven to be a sensible one after impressing in the Italian capital this season.
Corriere Dello Sport (as translated and relayed by The Express) reported last week that United are willing to sell the 30-year-old in the summer for a fee of around £16.5million with Tottenham having already expressed their interest in the former Fulham man along with Everton.
However, the experienced defender has already admitted that he would like to continue his spell at Roma if possible (BBC Sport).
The England international has now reiterated that he feels settled in Rome and has revealed that he will have to make a decision regarding his future at the end of the season.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Smalling said: “When I first came (to Roma) it was exciting but also daunting because you’re not sure what to expect.
“New country, new experience. But considering the way I’ve settled in, the love that I have felt, especially from the fans but everyone in Rome, it will be an interesting decision to make.
“Some of the other players said if you really hit the ground running, the love that you can have in this city is unbelievable. That’s really what I’ve felt and so have my family. Long may it continue.”
Spurs Web Opinion
While I have been impressed with Smalling’s performances for Roma this season, I personally would rather keep Jan Vertonghen around for another season over signing the Man Utd defender. I don’t think he is the answer to our problems at the back. We ideally need someone like Kalidou Koulibaly and improve us straight away.
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