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United move caps Smalling rise

Published: Tuesday 26 January 2010, 17.05CET
Manchester United FC have agreed terms with Fulham FC to sign England Under-21 defender Chris Smalling, with the 20-year-old set to link up with Sir Alex Ferguson's squad during the summer.
United move caps Smalling rise
Chris Smalling has featured four times in the UEFA Europa League this season ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Tuesday 26 January 2010, 17.05CET

United move caps Smalling rise

Manchester United FC have agreed terms with Fulham FC to sign England Under-21 defender Chris Smalling, with the 20-year-old set to link up with Sir Alex Ferguson's squad during the summer.

Manchester United FC have agreed terms with Fulham FC to sign England Under-21 central defender Chris Smalling, with the 20-year-old set to join Sir Alex Ferguson's squad during the summer.

Rapid rise
"Chris has agreed personal terms with the club and will join for the beginning of the 2010/2011 campaign," United said in a statement. "He will remain at Fulham until the end of the current season." The switch continues a heady rise for the London-born defender, who was playing at non-league Maidstone United FC just over 18 months ago. Smalling only made his Fulham debut in the last game of 2008/09, and has been restricted to eight appearances this term, four coming in the march to the UEFA Europa League round of 32, where they meet FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

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