Fonseca: “I would like both Smalling and Mkhitaryan to remain permanently”.


Roma boss Paulo Fonseca spoke to Sky Sport News today and discussed the futures of both Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The duo joined Roma in August on dry loan deals, however, they’ve proven to be vital pieces to Fonseca’s side — prompting the Giallorossi to explore permanent moves for the pair.

“Chris is a great, great man, a great, great professional,” Fonseca said.

“The adaptation (to Italian football) was very easy for him. He’s a boy that everyone loves in the club because he is a great professional”.

“I would like Chris to stay. We are speaking. I don’t know if it is possible because of the situation with Manchester United, but I would like so much for Chris to stay here with us because he is very important He is a great player, a great man with a great attitude every day and for all of these reasons I would be very happy if Chris stays”.

He continued, “Mkhi during this season got some injuries but he is returning now and he is proving his quality”.

“Let’s see. He is a player with great decisions on the pitch and I would also like to keep Mkhi in our team”.

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