Agent of outcast striker at 'war' with Manchester United

Federico Macheda’s agent has rued Manchester United’s unwillingness to allow his client to leave.

The Italian’s contract at Old Trafford expires this summer and he’s expected to be out the door at the club he signed for as a promising 16-year-old.

Expected – as many have before him and after will be – to be the next big thing for the Red Devils, the Lazio youth product hasn’t lived up to the hype in England.

A heroic strike on his Premier League debut against Aston Villa to aid United to the title in the 2008-09 campaign stands as his greatest accomplishment to date.

Following were a series of disappointing loan spells ranging from Sampdoria to his latest with Doncaster Rovers – leaving the now 22-year-old at a career impasse.

On Wednesday Macheda’s representative reiterated his previous point that the striker will almost certainly remain with David Moyes’ side until his terms expire in June.

But the following afternoon Giovanni Bia proclaimed he would fight to secure a move elsewhere until the rapidly-approaching deadline.

“When we chose to stay at Manchester United, we knew what we were up against,” he told Calciomercato.

“Now we’ll look until the last moment to persuade the club to let him go because so many teams in England and abroad have requested him, but United’s intentions are to not release him.

“It’s going to be a war – because for Federico the option of going to play in either Greece, Turkey or for other Premier League clubs remains the most attractive prospect.”

Macheda has reportedly drawn interest from Sampdoria and Sassuolo in his homeland – entirely unlikely to feature for United in what should be his final six months at Old Trafford.

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