February 1, 2023

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Rome, ready for a two-year down for Smalling. lurking between

A defender with only a handful of matches left will be able to take advantage of the unilateral renewal clause for one season. Giallorossi are also ready to sign it until 2025 but without participating in auctions, since many love the English

After all, the past can always teach us something. If, last season, Mkhitaryan’s case came to a sad conclusion with the Armenian’s farewell and subsequent public regrets for Jose Mourinho in connection with Chris Smalling, Roma decided to follow another path: extreme clarity even before the match began.

Date

The story is known. The 33-year-old England defender’s contract will expire in June, but in the current agreement he has a clause allowing him, with access to half of the season’s matches, to unilaterally renew for another season. In short, a form of choice very similar to the one that Mkhitaryan had. In view of the extraordinary performance of Smalling, who earns around 3.5 million net plus bonuses, the yellow and red club would be pleased to extend his contract until 2024 at the same salary, also because Chris has already reached twenty appearances and can therefore hit the target already in the winter. . On the contrary, the executives did more than that, because they made an offer of a two-year agreement, until 2025, even if at a reduced salary compared to the current one. All this, if the player wants to do it immediately, that is, without waiting for the clause to take effect. Moral: Everything seems to be sliding towards a new marriage, but of course, the defender’s performances have once again highlighted him in the Premier League (where he boasts important fans who even wanted him to participate in the World Cup), and in Serie A itself.

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Monetization

Indeed, there has already been talk of interest from Inter, which has been shown by the player’s agent. Of course, it is likely that this will be the last important contract in his career for the Englishman, and he would like to monetize it as best he can, but Roma have already informed him that the line-up will not change. Morale: The club does not intend to participate in any form of auction. The two proposals are those that have been formulated and will remain. So, at least two months after Smalling reaches the attendance quota that would allow him to start the renewal, if the defender does not get approval for the renewal, Roma will feel free to follow other paths, because the upward negotiations he will not, because they are from Trigoria confirm How the club has always been particularly close to the defender even in the many weeks he has been plagued by injury in recent years. In short, the Giallorossi club’s warning is not a final warning, but rather a warning to market navigators and the player himself. Roma wants to continue with Smalling, but it takes two people to celebrate the wedding. And without being too corrupt.