Smalling: ‘Representing Roma is a huge honour’

Chris Smalling discussed his pride at being a Roma player and the issue of racism in sport and society.

The veteran English defender joined the Giallorossi from Manchester United in August 2019, initially on loan before signing a permanent deal the following year. Smalling quickly won over the Roma fans with his consistency and defensively solidity, and now he’s a core part of Jose Mourinho’s side in the Italian capital.

Speaking on Rai Gulp’s Offside Racism show, Smalling first commented on how it felt to play for Roma.

“Representing Roma is a huge honour, it’s a world-class club with passionate fans.”

The 33-year-old Englishman also discussed the issue of racism in sport and society.

“Unfortunately, racism is also there outside of sports and campaigns like this help to raise attention. People in sports have to set an example to teach kids how to treat people, I hope it will have a big impact.”

Smalling has made 117 appearances across all competitions for Roma since his arrival in August 2019, helping the side win the Europa Conference League last season. In that time, he’s scored 10 goals and provided four assists, becoming a reference point in the club’s defence. His contract expires with the Giallorossi at the end of this season.

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