Smalling to complete Roma move as Solskjaer confirms loan

first_imgManchester United defender Chris Smalling is travelling to Italy to complete a loan move to Roma, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.England international Smalling has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the arrival of summer signing Harry Maguire and is yet to make an appearance this season.Roma have been in the market for a centre-back this summer having sold Kostas Manolas to Napoli, with Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren and Juventus’ Daniele Rugani among those whom they have shown an interest in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream But it is Smalling who will now represent the Giallorossi during the 2019-20 campaign, with Solskjaer revealing the former Fulham man had already set off to the Italian capital on Friday morning.”It’s just come up the last couple of days this opportunity for Chris, we’ve sat down and discussed it, at the moment we’ve got six fit centre-backs, I couldn’t promise Chris regular football, so he’s on the plane over now,” Solskjaer told a press conference.”I think he’ll enjoy the experience, it’s a big club, a big league, not many English players have had the chance to play in Italy. He’ll come back stronger and fitter for it.”Smalling only signed a new contract at Old Trafford in December that will keep him with the Red Devils until the summer of 2022, but it remains to be seen whether he has now played his final game for the club.In total he has made 323 appearances for the 20-time English champions since joining from Fulham in 2010, scoring 18 goals.He joins Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in swapping United for Serie A this summer, with the attacking duo having both secured moves to Inter in recent weeks.And Smalling may not be the last member of Solskjaer’s squad to arrive in Italy before the European transfer window shuts on September 2, with the Norwegian coach revealing Matteo Darmian may also be heading out of the exit door.Matteo Darmian Man Utd 2018-19The full-back has been linked with a return to his homeland for over a year, and Solskjaer confirmed there is interest in the Italy international from Serie A clubs.He denied, however, that Marcos Rojo would also be sold despite the Argentine being behind the likes of Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly in the fight for a place at the heart of United’s defence.”I can see maybe Matteo (leaving), there’s been some interest in Italy,” said Solskjaer.”Marcos is staying definitely. We’re a squad now that is less in numbers but still big enough and strong enough to have coverage in all positions.”United return to action on Saturday against Southampton as they look to bounce back from defeat to Crystal Palace last time out in the Premier League.last_img read more

As abuse allegations heat up R Kelly removes post on Sri Lanka

However today the singer had deleted the announcement from his social media accounts. The singer took to social media to announce that he will be on tour in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Further details were not given. Controversial singer R. Kelly, who is facing multiple abuse allegations, has removed a post published on social media that he will be in Sri Lanka soon.The post was published two days ago on his official social media accounts. The announcement came weeks after Surviving R. Kelly aired featuring Kelly’s accusers and industry insiders detailing allegations against the singer that included physical, emotional and sexual abuse against women and underage girls.In response to the show, which gave rise to the #MuteRKelly campaign, a number of artists and former collaborators spoke out against Kelly, with Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson and more either pulling their collaborations with Kelly from streaming services or expressing their regret for working with him. The following year, Kelly would court notoriety offstage by producing Aaliyah’s debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” amid a flurry of speculation that the pair had wed despite Aaliyah apparently being underage – the first of many controversial incidents in Kelly’s career. In 1996, he had arguably his biggest success to date with the anthemic “I Believe I Can Fly” from the movie “Space Jam”; it scooped him three Grammy Awards and remains his signature song. (Colombo Gazette)By Easwaran Rutnam He’s demonstrated an impressive penchant for being able to reinvent himself over the years; his early successes in the first part of the nineties saw him make a name for himself with his debut solo record, “12 Play”, and especially the smash hit single “Bump ‘N Grind”, which spent twelve weeks at the top of the charts in his native U.S in 1993. Additionally, Sony BMG — the parent company of Kelly’s record label, RCA Records — parted ways with the Grammy winner in the wake of the docuseries. Kelly’s music had also reportedly been banned from two Dallas-area radio stations, while some community organizers had begun to call on iHeartRadio and Radio One to ban his music from their playlists. The singer has also been banned from Philadelphia by its city council.Kelly was first arrested in 2002 for his alleged involvement in a child pornography tape. Surviving R. Kelly — which averaged 2.1 million viewers, a significant number for Lifetime — explored that scandal in particular, along with the stories and allegations from a number of women, including Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Lee, former underage partner Lizzette Martinez and former backup singer Jovante Cunningham.Over the course of a twenty-five year career that’s been marked by controversy off stage, Kelly has amassed a slew of hit records, awards and accolades – not to mention huge personal worth. read more