Chris Smalling revealed he was surprised as well as excited at the prospect of once again playing under Jose Mourinho at Roma. He was aware that their allegedly sour relationship at Manchester United would be brought up. Mourinho replaced Paulo Fonseca at Roma under their new billionaire owner Dan Friedkin. The film director and producer has vowed to make the Serie A club one of the best in world football. Smalling made 100 appearances for Manchester United in the two and a half years he spent at the club under Mourinho.

“Ultimately, if the manager wasn’t speaking about you and didn’t want you to play and push, that is when you need to worry because he has stopped caring about you, he doesn’t want you involved and he doesn’t want you to play,” said the center-back.” Chris Smalling said about Jose Mourinho. “He is a born winner. He likes to push everyone to the limits. That is what he has done throughout his career and it has reaped results.”

“It was quite a surprise to a lot of us, but there was initial excitement from everyone,” he added. “I knew the media would build up something about our relationship in the past. But from a personal point of view, it is a good thing because I have played under him. We have won trophies together. He made me captain in one of those finals – the 2017 EFL Cup final – as well, so having the chance to play under someone who you know is good, has been so successful, and is so determined to win trophies at all costs is a positive.”

Smalling has played for Roma for the past couple of seasons and has found a place in the starting lineup.

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