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Manchester United complete a deal for Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling
Smalling was playing non-league football two years ago

Manchester United have completed the signing of Fulham defender Chris Smalling, who will join them for the start of the 2010-11 season.

Smalling, 20, was playing non-league football for Maidstone until 2008 and has only made two Premier League starts to date for Fulham.

The Greenwich-born player, who is believed to have cost about £7m, has signed a four-year deal with United.

Centre-back Smalling had also been subject to a bid by Arsenal.

Smalling's first-team debut for Fulham was on the final day of last season, and his first start was in the Europa League game away at CSKA Sofia in September last year.

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Fulham manager Roy Hodgson was evidently impressed by his performance, saying he had "played with a maturity I'm not entitled to expect from a player so young".

Smalling's first Premier League start was on 28 December, at Chelsea, where he scored an own goal in a 2-1 defeat.

He also played against Spurs on the same day his transfer to United was made public, and was partly at fault for Peter Crouch's opening goal.



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