Chris Smalling has no regrets over leaving Man Utd "comfort zone"

Chris Smalling claims he has no regrets after taking up the challenge of leaving Manchester United to join a club overseas.

The 30-year-old defender was knocked down the pecking order at Old Trafford by the £80million signing of Harry Maguire last summer.

Seen as surplus to requirements with United, Smalling was not content with a place on the bench and sought a loan move.

Since a deal was struck last August, he has revived his career with dominant performances at the heart of Roma's defence.

The former Fulham man has made 21 Serie A appearances, scoring twice and assisting once to help guide the Italian giants to fifth in the table.

And despite seldom few English players plying their trade abroad, Smalling maintains he has no regrets about his move.

“Some English players have gone abroad but not many," he told The Times. "It was a challenge that I wanted to take. I’m someone who definitely lives by not having any regrets.

“I like new things maybe out of my comfort zone and show people that anything is possible.”

The Serie A remains suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak, though teams are returning to training across Italy.

No resumption date has been set but Smalling – who is linked with a permanent move to Stadio Olimpico – feels he is being well-informed by Roma about developments.

He added: “I can understand everyone’s position if they’ve not got that full clarity.

“Everybody wants to be as informed as possible. Fortunately, here at Roma, I feel like they have that clarity. They’ve kept us in the loop.

“We had regular meetings with the CEO [Guido Fienga], talking about different measures, and keeping us up to date.

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