Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has taken to Twitter to admit he’s “gutted” to be unable to stay with Roma.
The 30-year-old has had a fine season on loan at the Stadio Olimpico, but will now be returning to Old Trafford for the time being.
As recently reported by the Manchester Evening News, this was because United did not want to negotiate a loan extension for Smalling, only a permanent sale.
This prevented Smalling from being able to play in the rest of the Europa League season with Roma, and it’s clear he’s not too happy with the decision from Man Utd…
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! ??? ? pic.twitter.com/9vHfpWUNsz
— Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) August 4, 2020
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It remains to be seen if Smalling can realistically revive his career in Manchester, but the Red Devils could perhaps do with at least considering him after his improvement in form during his time in Italy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not exactly blessed with quality options at the back, with Harry Maguire slightly unconvincing in his first season at the club, while Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly have both struggled.