Macheda happy with loan move
Striker confident he will return to United a stronger player
By Simone Bargellini. Last Updated: 04/01/11 9:00am
Macheda: Happy with loan move
Federico Macheda is looking forward to his loan move to Sampdoria and is confident it will boost his long-term prospects at Manchester United.
The striker is being allowed out on loan during the second half of the season in order to play regular first-team football after only being a fringe figure at United.
He had been wanted by several clubs, including Premier League side West Brom and former team Lazio, but has plumped for a switch to Sampdoria.
Macheda expects to finalise the deal later this week and is ready to fight for his place with the Serie A side.
The Italy Under 21 forward told Gazzetta dello Sport: "There are still a couple of faxes (to be sent) but sometime between Wednesday and Thursday I will be in Italy.
"I am only playing 10-20 minute spells in games currently and that is not helping my growth. Ferguson is of the same opinion.
"In this regard, we are all happy because in six months' time, Manchester United will get a stronger player.
"I'm happy to go to Sampdoria. Genoa is a beautiful city and I am happy.
"Sampdoria was the club which really tried to take me. With Lazio, there was never anything concrete.
"I need to play regularly and I think this is the best choice, but nobody has assured me a place. I'll have to earn it.
"In Manchester, there was too much competition. Ferguson is a teacher, the best coach in the world and I'm sorry to leave him, even for a short period, but he also encouraged me to take this new experience."