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sport news Chris Smalling was 'surprised and excited' to be reunited with 'born winner' ...
sport news Chris Smalling was 'surprised and excited' to be reunited with 'born winner' ...
Chris Smalling was 'surprised and excited' to be reunited with 'born winner' Jose Mourinho at Roma and insists there are no issues with manager after uneasy relationship at Manchester United Chris Smalling has played down talks of uneasy relationship with Jose Mourinho The defender has been reunited with Mourinho after time at Manchester United The Portuguese manager has publicly criticised the 31-year-old in the past But Smalling says he was 'surprised' but 'excited' to see Mourinho join Roma 

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Roma defender Chris Smalling has admitted he was 'surprised and excited' at the appointment of 'born-winner' Jose Mourinho as manager and insisted there is no problem between the pair.

Mourinho has replaced Paulo Foncesca in the Italian capital after he was sacked by Tottenham in April, which sees him reunited with Smalling after spending two-and-a-half years together at Manchester United.

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There has been much focus on a strained relationship between the pair after a number of disputes including when Mourinho publicly criticised the defender for not playing through pain in 2016, insisting at the time: 'For the team, you have to do anything.'

Chris Smalling is 'excited' by Roma's new manager appointment

Jose Mourinho has taken over as Roma manager

Chris Smalling (left) insists he was 'surprised and excited' by Jose Mourinho's Roma arrival

But the 31-year-old has acted to quickly to quell any talks of unrest between the pair, playing down the previous comments about him and insisting he is 'excited' to be working with the Portuguese manager again.

When asked about the comments, Smalling told BBC Sport: 'Ultimately, if the

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