Federico Macheda’s agent says his client is considering staying in England post-Old Trafford.
Just when it looked like the Italian could be set for a return to his homeland to try to revive his stuttering career, it seems he may remain within his current borders.
Not much of anything – productive at least – has happened for the 22-year-old under contract with Manchester United following his title-winning heroics in the 2008-09 campaign.
Since then, the Lazio youth product has continuously drifted further afield of the promise his boots once held, on loan with Sampdoria, QPR, Stuttgart and most recently, Doncaster Rovers.
With his contract of Old Trafford expiring in June he’s been linked with a move back to Serie A with Fiorentina – representative Giovani Bia calling for the Red Devils to allow him an early January departure at the weekend.
Bia has now admitted that a winter exit is not a distinct possibility – ruling out the idea of joining Parma – but talked up Macheda’s prospects of a domestic switch.
“Now the English club [United] are asking for a lot of money, so it would be difficult to move in January,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Parma? No, they don’t need a player with his characteristics – we’ll see for June.
“Federico, however, doesn’t mind the idea of continuing his experience in England in a different shirt.”
It’s not clear whether Bia explicitly is referring to Premier League clubs – which may be hesitant to take the Italian on knowing his early fall from grace well. From a loan perspective only Championship clubs have so far expressed an interest.
Still, at any rate it seems Macheda may not see going back to the nation of his birth as the best option to get back on track – even if top flight outfits there seemingly remain keen on his ability to ultimately succeed.
He wants to move somewhere he will be guaranteed to play, and after his stop-start career to date, he can't be blamed for wanting to choose wisely.
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