Chris Smalling agrees to join AS Roma on loan from Manchester United

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After nine years at Manchester United, Chris Smalling is about to leave Old Trafford.

The England international, 29, has agreed to join Italian giants AS Roma on loan for the remainder of the season.

Smalling has been told by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he will have limited playing time this season and is free to seek a move elsewhere, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 6ft 4in centre-back has made 323 appearances for the Red Devils since arriving from Fulham in 2010, scoring 18 goals, but has failed to make any of Solskjaer’s first three match day squads this season.

The Norwegian coach has opted to put Axel Tuanzebe on the United bench ahead of Smalling and his fellow experienced teammates Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.

Smalling has found himself lower down the United pecking order following the arrival of Harry Maguire, who completed an £80 million move from Leicester City earlier this summer.

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The English central defender’s partnership with Victor Lindelof has shown early promise, although they were at fault for a goal conceded in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend.

Despite that, Smalling isn’t in Solskjaer’s plans for the foreseeable future and has been granted permission to join Roma, who drew 3-3 with Genoa in their opening Serie A match on Sunday.

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According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, United will receive €3 million from Roma as part of the loan agreement.

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