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Chris Smalling delighted he frustrated Mario Balotelli

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has admitted he was happy to see Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli become frustrated when they went head-to-head at Anfield earlier this month.

Balotelli was held back by several Liverpool supporters following an altercation with the England international, but Smalling admits he was pleased to see the Italian lose his cool.

“If you’re doing your job and not giving the striker much of a chance he’ll probably get angry and Balotelli is someone who can lose his temper very quickly,” Smalling said in an interview with the Guardian. “I’m happy to see them get frustrated. I thought that it could be round two on Tuesday but I’ve seen that he’s not in the squad. We’ll have to wait for that."

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Smalling also admitted that he is happy at Old Trafford but will wait until the summer before opening talks over a contract extension.

The 25-year-old's current deal expires at the end of next season, but United plan to offer him a new contract following an impressive recent run of form.

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There were big doubts over Smalling's Manchester United future after he was foolishly sent off against Manchester City in November, but since then the former Fulham starlet has bounced back superbly.

United fans: is Chris Smalling good enough to establish himself as a first-team regular at Old Trafford? Have your say in the comments below!

Mats Hummels confirmed desire to play abroad

It's possible that Chris Smalling will be lining up alongside Mats Hummels next season after the Borussia Dortmund captain dropped a huge hint regarding his future plans.

The German World Cup winner, who Manchester United have a strong interest in, admits he fancies the idea of leaving the Bundesliga and moving abroad.

"Basically ... I think moving abroad will be good for my professional and personal well being. Eventually, I'd like to leave the Bundesliga," the 26-year-old said, according to the Daily Telegraph.

"I'm being open about this because I'm not a fan of those who claim they are staying but, behind the scenes, have actually secretly agreed a transfer away from their current club."

It's understood that Manchester United will ned to pay £36 million to secure Hummels' services this summer, with Borussia Dortmund not prepared to sell for a lower fee.

United fans: would you drop Phil Jones or Chris Smalling to make way for Mats Hummels? Tell us by leaving a comment in the box below!

Radamel Falcao drops hint on Twitter

And finally, Radamel Falcao has dropped a clear hint that he will leave Manchester United at the end of the season by following Real Madrid on Twitter - before swiftly unfollowing the reigning European champions.

This is not the first time that the Colombia international has committed a gaffe on Twitter involving Real Madrid; back in August he posted it was a "dream come true" to join the Spanish giants.

However, his dream move to the Bernabeu failed to materialise and he subsequently ended up signing for the Red Devils two days later.

That United will allow Falcao to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season will come as no surprise, but the idea of Real Madrid signing the formerly world-class striker would certain raise a few eyebrows.

United fans: do you feel Radamel Falcao deserves a permanent contract at Old Trafford? Drop a comment in the box below to let us know!

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Chris Smalling
Mario Balotelli

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