Manchester United's Macheda : "I don’t think I will stay at United" - Can Birmingham keep hold of him?

As Federico Macheda looks set to depart Old Trafford this summer permanently, can Birmingham City boss Lee Clark convince the Italian to stay at the club?

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Macheda spoke about his future at Old Trafford as his contract runs into its final few months;

“I don’t think I will stay at United but whatever happens, nobody can take away the memories of my time there."

“Being at United is great but if you don’t play it’s better if you go somewhere else where you can play every game and have a career.

“Maybe I should have gone somewhere on loan for a whole season, instead of just for six months, and played somewhere else for the important years of my career."

With the arrival of David Moyes, Macheda's chances of getting a new contract are very slim, according to ‘Kiko', as the Rome born striker is known by his team mates;

“I’ve been left out from the team and of course that was disappointing but you can understand a new manager wanting to work with new players."

“I haven’t had that much to do with him because he has been working with the first team."

“I didn’t go on pre-season this summer and I don’t know why. But I was prepared because I knew the new manager would want to bring in new players.”

It seems a shame that the strikers progression has wavered so much, as he burst onto the seen at Old Trafford. At the tender age of 17, his Manchester United career sparked into life when he scored a wonderful last minute winner against Aston Villa in April 2009, after coming on as a substitute late on.

That goal was the catalyst behind Manchester United's title win that season after two consecutive defeats and propelled them into championship winning form, Sir Alex Ferguson's side went on to win the league by four points that season.

Fast-forward to 2014 and that is still Macheda's only notable appearances in a Manchester United shirt. Unfortunately, his career never really got going again for the Red Devils after those few moments of genius in 2009, The once highly rated finisher has been sent out on loans to Doncaster Rovers, Sampdoria and, now, Birmingham City. 

Whilst his future may not with the current Premier League champions, Macheda is still a wanted man and would be a welcome addition to many clubs in the lower echelon of the Premier League and Championship sides.  

The 6ft 2in Italian striker, who is currently enjoying his loan move to Championship club, Birmingham City, has opened the door to the Blues making the switch permanent in the summer. Macheda has hit three goals in six games for Lee Clark's side and the former Huddersfield Town manager has expressed his interest in keeping the striker at the club;

"His contract is up. He is certainly on my radar, to bring in on a full-time basis."

“Now, what I do know is that he is on a lucrative contract at Manchester United. So obviously, in our position, we wouldn't be able to compete at those levels". he explained to the Birmingham Mail.

As his Manchester United career may be coming to the end, Macheda did make it clear that his first choice loan move was to Birmingham City so Lee Clark will hope to be able to negotiate a deal in the summer for the former Lazio youth player. Whether or not Macheda will argree to drop down to the Championship on a permanent basis is unknown, but he will certainly be using his time at the club to put himself in the shop window.

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