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Chris Smalling offered Man United lifeline – defender officially returns to Old Trafford

Last updated 2 months ago | By Mirror

Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - November 2, 2019 AS Roma's Chris Smalling looks dejected [REUTERS / Alberto Lingria]

Chris Smalling still has a future at Manchester United – despite a year out on loan at Roma in Serie A.

The 30-year-old central defender has officially returned to Old Trafford after his loan spell in Italy ended.

Smalling played 37 games and scored three goals for the Italian side who are are keen to sign him on a permanent deal but have so far baulked at United’s reported £20million asking price.

If a deal can’t be struck boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the former England defender will be part of his squad next season.

“Chris is planning to come back here and be part of the squad for next season.

“He’s had a fantastic season over there at Roma and unless something unforseen happens he’ll be back training with us when we get going again” said the United boss.

That will leave United with SEVEN centre backs when the season starts with Solskjaer able to call on Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and impressive teenager Teden Mengi.

United had planned to offload Jones but the defender is currently struggling with a knee injury and may need surgery.

 

 

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