Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling with a big decision to make

Chris Smalling admits he has "an interesting decision to make" - to stay with Manchester United or to move to Roma permanently.

The 30-year-old centre-back is currently showing some impressive performances on a season-long loan with the Serie A club.

Smalling's contracted at United is set to expire in 2022 and the club have the option to extend that for a another year.

According to Sky Sports News Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has told he wants to sign him.

In an interview, Smalling said: "When I first came it was exciting but also daunting because you're not sure what to expect.

"New country, new experience. But considering the way I've settled in, the love that I have felt, especially from the fans but everyone in Rome, it will be an interesting decision to make.

"Some of the other players said if you really hit the ground running, the love that you can have in this city is unbelievable. That's really what I've felt and so have my family. Long may it continue."

When asked about Roma boss Fonseca's comments, Smalling added: "It's great to hear. Having that belief and trust from the manager, from the coach, from the other players too - it's helping me thrive on the pitch."

Roma are currently fifth in the Serie A table after 25 matches, and they are three points behind the Champions League spot.