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    17 June 2023

    Roma secures Chris Smalling with a fresh contract after his successful stint from Manchester United

    Former England Defender Chris Smalling Signs New Two-Year Contract with Roma

    The Italian side, AS Roma has announced that former Manchester United defender and English international player, Chris Smalling has signed a new two-year contract to stay at Stadio Olimpico until June 2024. The center-back joined the Serie A club on loan in August 2019 before making it permanent in October of last year.

    Roma’s Confidence Boost for Smalling:

    Smalling’s previous deal was set to expire next month but he is now committed to staying with the Giallorossi for another two years after agreeing on an extension. He expressed his excitement about continuing his career at Rome saying “I’m playing the best football of my career here and my family and I have felt so welcome in this wonderful city from day one”.

    Achievements So Far:

    • 143 appearances in all competitions since joining AS Roma
    • Scored ten goals during his time there
    • Became a key player under head coach Jose Mourinho
    • Inaugural Europa Conference League winner (2021/22 season)

    Career Highlights:

    Prior to joining AS Roma, Chris Smalling started his career at non-league club Maidstone United before signing with Fulham in 2008. He later joined Manchester United in January 2010 where he won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League.

    Smalling has played for England’s national team 31 times and was part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of World Cup 2018.

    The Way Forward:

    The renewal of Smalling’s contract is good news for AS Roma as they prepare to tackle next season’s Serie A competition. The defender has been impressive since joining the Italian side on loan from Manchester United. His experience will be crucial for Jose Mourinho’s plans as they aim to win their first Scudetto since winning it back in 2001.

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