Chris Smalling can foresee a long-term future for himself in Serie A if his loan at Roma from Manchester United goes to plan.
The 29-year-old defender swapped Old Trafford for Stadio Olimpico in search of playing time after falling out of the first-team picture at United.
Harry Maguire's arrival sent centre-back Smalling further down the pecking order and his hopes of returning to favour appear limited for as long as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains in charge.
Roma offered a way out and the England international jumped to seize what could become more than a temporary lifeline.
"I think this is an opportunity that came to me that I was very interested in, and I was very eager to come," Smalling said.
"It happened very quickly. I am very focused on the next game, getting up to speed with training and learning the manager's methods. And then hopefully I'll have a very good season. After that, we will see.
"To have a chance at a big club, if it goes well and the club is happy and I am happy, then I can definitely see a longer-term future in Italy."
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