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Man Utd defender Smalling leaning towards Italy stay

Roma defender Chris Smalling has hinted he is leaning towards committing long-term to Italy.

Smalling is impressing at Roma on-loan from Manchester United this season.

In the summer he will have a decision to make about his future too, with him currently set to return to his parent club United.

However, the centre back says he and his family are settled in Rome as they have immersed themselves in the culture and language.

"Yeah, I think the plan at the start of the season was to contribute as much as I can and then hopefully if we've all had a good season and hit our ambitions then those discussions can take place," he said.

"Coming over here and trying to hit ground running with football was the priority. But my family settling in and me learning the language and enjoying the culture, it's something you need to make the most of. My family and I definitely are."

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