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Roma winger Kluivert hoping Smalling, Mkhitaryan stay

Roma winger Justin Kluivert hopes on-loan pair Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan stay.

England defender Smalling is on-loan from Manchester United, while Mkhitaryan arrived from Arsenal.

Asked about the possible swap deal, Kluivert would not be drawn on speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal but talked up Mkhitaryan.

"I'm just happy with his [Mkhitaryan's] help and hope he and Chris Smalling will stay here after this season," Kluivert told Voetbalzone. "They are top players for us.

"He [Mkhitaryan] transfers his experience to the team and certainly to me. 'I look up to a player who has already experienced as much as he has. 'He has had a great career and seen many big clubs. I can certainly learn from that.

"We talk a lot anyway because we play in roughly the same positions and he occasionally gives me tips or emphasizes what I do well. 'I listen to that because he has experienced it all."


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