- Chris Smalling became a revelation for Roma during his loan spell at the Italian giants
- Despite the club wanting to sign him permanently, Smalling is on his way back to Manchester after being left out of the side’s Europa League squad
- Roma face Sevilla in the round of 16 and the 30-year old defender will be a conspicuous absentee
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Chris Smalling has confirmed the end of his loan spell with Italian giants AS Roma in a heartbreaking post on Tuesday, August 4.
Smalling is set to return to England this week after he confirmed he had been left out of the Italian outfit’s Europa League squad for its remaining knockout fixtures.
Taking to Twitter, the 30-year old admitted he was “gutted” he could not be able to complete Roma’s campaign after being sent out on loan last summer.
Roma take on Spanish giants Sevilla in what promises to be a cracker of a tie on Thursday, August 6.
“I’m gutted that I can’t finish what we started this season. To experience the love shown to me in such a short time was extra special and it will not be forgotten. I want to thank and wish all the players and staff the best of luck against Sevilla. Daje Roma,” Smalling tweeted.
The Giallorossi initially paid a £2.7million for Smalling’s services last summer and the England international was a regular for the side throughout the season.
He made 29 appearances in the league for Roma and turned up a further seven times in the Europa League,
It looked like Smalling had finally reignited his career once again with Roma sporting director Gianluca Pertrachi admitting in July that the club would not mind signing him on a permanent deal.
A deal is yet to be agreed and while Smalling’s situation remains in limbo, he returns to his parent club to see out the rest of the season.
Smalling will however be ineligible to feature for the Red Devils in the Europa League even if they needed his services.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Alexis Sanchez's permanent move to Inter Milan from Man United has finally been agreed, reports coming from Italy.
Italian news media outlet Corriere della Sera, Inter's sporting director Beppe Marotta has finally accepted a deal with United for the Chilean worth £13.5million.
It is understood the winger will be officially announced as an Inter player after their Europa League clash with Getafe in midweek.
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