Smalling was deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford last summer and joined the Serie A side on loan for a fee of under £3m. After returning to Manchester he ended up joining permanently for an initial £13m.
"An Italian agent then called me and said: 'you can have Smalling on loan.' I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a hoax.
"Smalling is one of those players great at marking that are going extinct."
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