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Roma manager Fonseca gushes over Man Utd loanee Smalling: I hope he stays

Roma manager Pablo Fonseca admits he wants to sign Chris Smalling on a permanent basis.

The Manchester United stopper has impressed while on loan in the Italian capital this season, making 21 appearances and scoring twice.

United want at least £25m for the 30-year-old, and Fonseca hopes a deal can be negotiated.

"He surprised me. He's a defender that had never left England and he arrived in a league very demanding of tactics, where details make the difference," the Portuguese boss told A Bola.

"Chris adapted very quickly. He's an extraordinary guy, very intelligent. He has characteristics that I really appreciate in the centre.

"He's fast, nearly unbeatable in one-on-ones. He has a great ability to read the play and anticipate. He was very important for this club.

"If possible, I would like him to stay. He's a great professional and person, it's a pleasure to have him here with us."

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