After several physical problems in the first half of the season, Chris Smalling has managed to stay healthy and help the Roma defense with some dominant performances. That Giallorossi has only allowed three goals in the last seven rounds and one in open play.
The England veteran also found the back of the net once, equalizing late in the game against Salernitana and launching his comeback. The 33-year-old has only had to sit out one game since the end of November due to COVID-19. He has won 11 consecutive Serie A games and received two days of maintenance in the European Conference League.
That was not the case earlier in the campaign when he dealt with thigh and calf problems. He also struggled with injuries in 2020-2021, leading the club to consider leaving him last summer. Corresponding Corriere dello Sportthe turnaround has prompted Roma management and Smalling to start talks about a new contract.
The centre-back is tied to the club until 2023. The parties are negotiating a longer contract but at a lower annual salary. He currently earns €3 million per year. The defender gladly accepts it as he feels very comfortable in the Italian capital. He also has a strong supporter in José Mourinho. They won their last trophy together at Manchester United in 2017. “He’s a top player; unfortunately he spends more time off the pitch than on the pitch.” the gaffer explained at the beginning.