Chris Smalling completes his move to Roma from Manchester United

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Chris Smalling has completed his season-long loan move to AS Roma.

The defender has moved from Manchester United after being pushed down the pecking order by Harry Maguire's arrival.

The Italian club announced the deal on Friday evening.

"This opportunity for Chris has come up in the last couple of days," Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday, per BBC Sport.

"We've got six fit centre-backs. I couldn't promise him regular football.

"It's a big club, a good league. There's not many English players who have had the chance to play in Italy and I'm sure he'll come back stronger and better for it."

Roma were in need of defensive reinforcement after selling Konstantinos Manolas to Napoli for £32m this summer.

Roma will pay Man United €3 million for Smalling, who will wear the No. 6 shirt for the Serie A side.

“This is the perfect opportunity for me,” Smalling said, per Roma's website.

“The chance to experience a new league, with a big team that has got big aspirations is exactly what I needed.

"Hopefully I can hit the ground running. I’m looking forward to joining up with my teammates.”

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The 29-year-old made 323 appearance during his nine years at Old Trafford, winning two Premier League titles with the Red Devils.

“We are pleased to bring a player like Chris, who has so much experience, to Roma,” said Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi.

“We are convinced he will help the growth of this squad and all the lads he plays alongside.”

Smalling becomes Roma's eighth signing of the summer, with the likes of Pau Lopez, Leonardo Spinazzola, Jordan Veretout and Gianluca Mancini also joining the Giallorossi.

And in joining Roma, Smalling becomes the latest Man United player to leave for Italy this summer following Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez's moves to Inter Milan.

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