Despite reports to the contrary, Manchester United have not received any offers from Roma to make Chris Smalling’s stay in the Italian permanent, according to Sky Sports.

The England international joined the Serie A club on a season-long loan deal during the summer after he was more or less deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Smalling has done well for the Italian club, so much so that some United fans will actually now be hoping that he could be recalled by them during the January transfer window.

However, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly all within the United first-team fold at the moment, it is hard to see Smalling finding a way back into the first team, barring an injury crises.

Roma are currently in third position on the Serie A standings and look set to challenge for a Champions League qualification berth again this season.

There is no doubt that they will be aiming to keep hold of Smalling for the future seeing that the United man has been one of their stand-out performers so far this season.

He is also an experienced player and could provide them with valuable leadership if they manage to keep hold of him.

Smalling also brings a winning mentality to the club.

Roma may be Italian giants but they have struggled to win major silverware during recent years due to Juventus’ dominance over the domestic game.


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