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Smalling: “I”m enjoying Italian football. Roma was an opportunity too good to turn down”.

John Solano
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Roma defender Chris Smalling gave an extensive interview to Forbes and discussed various topics, including his summer move to the Giallorossi on loan.

“I’m really enjoying Italian football and I think it does suit my game. Hopefully come May I can say I’ve had a good season, the team’s had a good season and it’s been a great success,” he said.

“There aren’t too many English players that venture abroad. You are starting to see younger players going abroad on loan and having great success, but I think it’s a shame that more people aren’t venturing out. I think having the opportunity to experience Serie A at a big club like Roma was too good to turn down.”

“A return to the national team? I always hold those ambitions. In terms of the caps that I’ve got, I will always want to add to those to the point where I hang up my boots. I will never turn that down,” he said. “But I think I almost have to focus on myself in terms of the last few years playing regularly with United and now playing regularly here. I’m on a stage at big clubs where I can show my talents and I do harbour hopes that if I have a special season then I can be involved again. Those ambitions are very much burning bright inside me.”

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