Solskjaer behind Macheda’s Cardiff choice

Italian marksman Federico Macheda chose to join newly relegated Cardiff City, so that he could work under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Many people expected Italian striker Federico Macheda to return to his homeland this summer, but he seems to have chosen to join Cardiff City instead.

The 22-year-old was one of Italy's most exciting rising stars when Manchester United pounced for him in 2007, taking him away from Lazio's youth system.

But Macheda's life in England didn't go according to plan and the Roman found himself sent out on loan six times, culminating in a spell with Birmingham City last season.

After struggling elsewhere, Macheda impressed at Birmingham with 10 goals in 18 games and his productive time may have resulted in him ignoring several Serie A suitors after his contract at Manchester United expired at the end of the season.

It seems that a major factor in choosing Cardiff over Birmingham, who reportedly wanted to keep him, is having an opportunity to work with former Man United super sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"He chose Cardiff because Macheda knows the manager very well," Macheda's agent Giovanni Bia told Tuttomercatoweb.

"Solskjaer really wanted him and because they were together at Manchester United, this was a cause Macheda wanted to commit to.

"The offers were there from Italian clubs but he's very happy in Britain and so he made this decision. There are now just a few loose ends to tie up."

Macheda played for Italy at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level but he hasn't ever made the leap to the senior side.

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