AS Roma desperate to keep hold of their Premier League loanees
AS Roma is prepared to do all that they can to keep hold of Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan after their impressive performances for them.
Both players, who were teammates at Manchester United at some point in their career, have gone on to become star players at the Stadio Olimpico and Roma would love to keep them beyond this season.
Smalling has been under-appreciated at Manchester United for years and when the Red Devils moved for Harry Maguire in the summer, it became obvious that he wasn’t a part of their long term plan.
He took little time to get to grips with the tempo of the Italian game and Paolo Fonseca has admitted that he would want to keep him beyond this season.
“Chris is a great, great man, a great, great professional,” Fonseca told Sky Sports News.
“The adaptation [to Italian football] was very easy for him. He’s a boy that everyone loves in the club because he is a great professional.
“I would like Chris to stay. We are speaking. I don’t know if it is possible because of the situation with Manchester United, but I would like so much for Chris to stay here with us because he is very important.
“He is a great player, a great man with a great attitude every day and for all of these reasons I would be very happy if Chris stays.”
Although Mkhitaryan has struggled with injuries this season, his performances when he has been fit has convinced Fonseca to also pursue a permanent deal for the Armenian.
“Mkhi during this season got some injuries but he is returning now and he is proving his quality,” Fonseca said.
“Let’s see. He is a player with great decisions on the pitch and I would also like to keep Mkhi in our team.”