Manchester United's Chris Smalling expected to return after Roma loan expires

Chris Smalling
Image: Chris Smalling will spend the rest of the season with Roma

Chris Smalling is expected to return to Manchester United once his year-long loan spell at Roma expires in the summer, Sky Sports News understands.

The defender has agreed to spend the rest of the season in the Italian capital despite speculation there have been talks between United and Roma to make Smalling's move permanent.

Sources have told Sky Sports News there have been no such talks regarding Smalling, who has played six games for Roma and they have conceded just two goals in his last four league appearances.

Chris Smalling
Image: Smalling appeared 323 times for Manchester United in nine seasons at the club

The 29-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford in August, following the arrival of Harry Maguire and return of Axel Tuanzebe from a spell at Aston Villa, and subsequently moved to Roma for a loan fee of £2.71m.

Smalling produced a man-of-the-match performance in September as Roma beat Lecce 1-0, with the former England international leading in terms of clearances, recoveries, blocks, interceptions and even shots taken.

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Roma are currently fifth in Serie A after their 2-1 win at home to AC Milan on Sunday.

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