Chris Smalling has refused to rule out the prospect of leaving Manchester United to join AS Roma on a permanent deal next summer.
In response, the Englishman completed a season-long loan move to Roma on Italian transfer deadline day last week and was on the bench for the club's 1-1 draw at Lazio last weekend.
When asked about whether he would consider a permanent move to Serie A, Smalling told the Daily Mail: "This is an opportunity that came to me that I was very interested in, and I was very eager to come.
"It happened very quickly and now I focus on the next game, getting up to speed with training in terms of the manager's methods and then hopefully have a very good season.
"To be able to have the chance at a big club, and then if it prolongs and the club is happy then I can definitely see a longer-term future in Italy."
Smalling's current season-long loan deal, which cost Roma £2.6m, does not include an option-to-buy clause.
The 29-year-old, who has made over 300 appearances for United in all competitions, could make his debut for Roma against Sassuolo on September 15.body check tags ::