Senior England defender Chris Smalling finally left Manchester United permanently. Regarding the separation, the player then wrote a touching expression to the Premier League giants.
Chris Smalling, who is 30 years old, officially moved to AS Roma on the transfer market deadline day this summer. In its official release, AS Roma paid 15 million euros to Manchester United to complete the move of the defender.
Actually, the negotiation process between the two foreign offices regarding this transfer was quite tough and long. After briefly moving back and forth, the 30-year-old defender finally returned to the Olimpico, and agreed to a three-year contract.
After officially releasing the Manchester United jersey permanently, Smalling then said a touching farewell to Manchester United via his Instagram account.
“It all started in July 2010, and now 10 years, 323 appearances, 2 titles and 6 trophies must end. Utd is a special place, and we achieved special things together, something I am very proud of,”
“An incomparable culture, where winning is not a desire, it is a need. I have left not only better players, but also better people, with Utd forever in my DNA,” Smalling wrote.
Furthermore, the 30-year-old defender then thanked all the staff, everyone at the club and of course the fans who have always supported him over the years.
“For that I have to thank all the staff, everyone connected with the club and you fans.” he snapped.
Smalling has defended Manchester United since 2010, and so far has made 323 appearances in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Smalling himself has actually joined AS Roma since the 2019/20 season yesterday. However, at that time his status was only as a loan player.
During his time in Roma uniform, Smalling played 37 times. Even though he plays as a defender, Smalling is also quite productive, contributing three goals and two assists.
No wonder that his impressive performance made Gialorossi sign the player permanently this summer.