Chris Smalling has taken to Twitter to admit he’s “gutted” to be unable to stay with Roma for the remainder of the 2019-20 Europa League campaign.
Although the domestic season is over since the weekend in Italy, the Champions League and Europa League both resume this month as a mini-football festival.
Manchester United are back in Europa League action on Wednesday night against LASK and go into the game with a 5-0 advantage after hammering their Austrian opposition away from home in the first leg.
Smalling, 30, has had a fine season on loan at Roma but he returns to United for the time being.
This is apparently down to United not wanting to discuss another loan move with Roma. Instead they wanted to do a permanent sale.
Unfortunately for Smalling this means he won’t be able to play in the rest of the Europa League with his Roma teammates. He admits to being “gutted” about the situation.
I’m gutted that I can’t finish what we started this season. To experience the love shown to me in such a short time was extra special and it will not be forgotten. I want to thank and wish all the players and staff the best of luck against Sevilla. DAJE ROMA! 💛❤️ 🐺 pic.twitter.com/9vHfpWUNsz
— Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) August 4, 2020
I don’t think Smalling has a future at Old Trafford but after the season he’s had in Italy I would be thinking other clubs will start knocking on his door.
Before anyone asks – Smalling cannot play in the remainder of the Europa League now. I suspect he will have a brief rest period now.