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Roma supervisor Paulo Fonseca needs to signal BOTH Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Roma manager Paulo Fonseca admits he wants to sign BOTH Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to permanent deals this summer

  • Roma want to sign on-loan pair Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan
  • The duo still have contracts with parent clubs Man Utd and Arsenal respectively
  • But Paulo Fonseca said he is keen to sign both players to permanent deals  

Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca is keen to sign on-loan duo Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to permanent deals in the summer. 

The Premier League pair joined the Serie A club on-loan last summer, with Manchester United defender Smalling in particular impressing with 26 appearances in all competitions, including two goals. 

Arsenal forward Mkhitaryan was out-of-favour with previous Gunners boss Unai Emery and it is unknown whether he could feature in Mikel Arteta’s plans next season – yet Fonseca wants both to stay in the Italian capital. 

Chris Smalling has impressed on-loan at Roma from Manchester United so far this season

Chris Smalling has impressed on-loan at Roma from Manchester United so far this season

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has had injury problems this season but is hitting top-form right now

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has had injury problems this season but is hitting top-form right now  

SMALLING AND MKHITARYAN 

Chris Smalling

  • Apps: 26
  • 90 mins completed: 26 
  • Goals: 2
  • Yellow cards: 3 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

  • Apps: 18
  • 90 mins completed: 5
  • Goals: 5
  • Assists: 2 

‘Chris is a great, great man, a great, great professional,’ the Roma boss told Sky Sports

‘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.’

In addition, the Portuguese manager praised Mkhitaryan’s impact at the club. The Armenian has scored five goals in 18 appearances in all competitions, and scored and provided an assist in the 4-0 win over Lecce on Sunday. 

‘Mkhi during this season got some injuries but he is returning now and he is proving his quality,’ Fonseca divulged.

Roma manager Paulo Fonesca admitted he wants to sign both players on permanent deals

Roma manager Paulo Fonesca admitted he wants to sign both players on permanent deals 

Mkhitaryan (left) scored the second goal and was instrumental in Roma beating Lecce

Mkhitaryan (left) scored the second goal and was instrumental in Roma beating Lecce

‘Let’s see. He is a player with great decisions on the pitch and I would also like to keep Mkhi in our team.’

Smalling’s eyecatching performances have grabbed the attention of England manager Gareth Southgate, who has travelled to Italy to watch the 30-year-old in action. 

The United man last week outlined his desire to play for his country again, potentially returning for this summer’s European Championships.  


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