Wednesday January 5 2011
Macheda: 'My Sampdoria adventure'

Federico Macheda reveals what Sir Alex Ferguson said to him as he left Manchester to join Sampdoria. “Will I return to Old Trafford? I think so.”

The Manchester United starlet has completed his loan move to Marassi and could make his debut tomorrow afternoon.

“I am here to do well. It's what I wanted strongly since I spoke to Ferguson in order to play more regularly and I'm happy with this decision,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Ferguson told me to come back to Manchester a stronger player. For now I am focusing on becoming a mature player and improving day after day.

“Will I return to Old Trafford at the end of this loan spell? I think so.”

‘Kiko' – which in the Italian spelling is ‘Chicco' – has been a Premier League starlet for some time, but has only recently got his chance in the Under-21 Italy side.

“The Nazionale is important to me, but I am only 19, so my sole objective in these six months is to do well with Sampdoria,” he insisted.

“As for comparisons with Antonio Cassano, that is too big a name to put alongside mine. I just hope to do well and give the Blucerchiati fans something to celebrate.”

Director of sport Doriano Tosi explained how the move for Macheda came about.

“We had looked at a few interesting young players and really liked Federico, but at the time did not know Manchester were willing to release him.

“We opened up a valuable rapport with their directors and hope to make everything official this evening. A lot depends on the documents. Federico has found the perfect environment in which to grow.”