The Englishman released a long interview to the official AS Roma website and explained why he joined the club.
Chris Smalling’s adventure in the Italian capital is going great. The defender is happy with his choice and he is settling in the eternal city with his family.
When Paulo Fonseca called him to explain his football credo, the player had no more doubts, “that was what I needed.”
The country, the city, and the club have bewitched Smalling. But Fonseca played a pivotal role as well. When the Portuguese coach called him the defender was still in Manchester. That phone call let him know the type of defender Fonseca wants and the Englishman had no more doubts: “Let’s make this happen,” Smalling thought.
This is a new exciting professional adventure for Chris Smalling, a great cultural experience that he was waiting for. Fonseca and his collaborators are training their group showing them clips to refine their moves on the pitch, “I feel like I’m learning each day,” said Smalling.