By Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline
Published: 08:57 BST, 7 October 2020 | Updated: 08:57 BST, 7 October 2020
Chris Smalling has admitted he fought hard all summer to seal a permanent transfer to Roma from Manchester United following 10 years at the club.
Smalling left it late to complete his £18million move to the Serie A outfit on deadline day - in fact a deal was struck just one minute before the Italian window closed.
And after the move was eventually confirmed, Smalling expressed his huge relief at the deal finally getting over the line.
Chris Smalling sealed his £18million move to Roma on deadline day from Manchester United
Smalling poses with his Roma shirt after leaving United following 10 years at the club
'It's a massive, massive relief. I think that everyone knew I wanted to come back and to finally get it done, albeit so close to the deadline, it's just pure relief,' Smalling told the official Roma website.
'Now I can enjoy being back and then get straight back to it with the team tomorrow.'
Reports on Monday night claimed that Roma submitted the necessary paperwork to