Saturday January 15 2011
Macheda to face his Lazio past

Federico Macheda faces his beloved Lazio tomorrow and leaves the door open for a longer stay at Sampdoria. “You'd have to ask Alex Ferguson.”

The striker arrived on loan from Manchester United in order to gain experience and made his Serie A debut during the final stages of the 2-1 win over Roma.

On Sunday he comes face to face with the club he supports and grew up in before being poached by United when not yet under a professional contract.

“Clearly Lazio are the team I love and have supported since I was a child,” grinned the Under-21 international on Sky Sport Italia.

“At this moment, though, I am concentrated solely on Sampdoria. I have found some fantastic and hard-working lads in Genoa and I hope to do well here.

“I know it will not be easy, but I'd love to help Samp qualify for a place in Europe.”

The loan deal expires at the end of the season, but there are already rumours the Blucerchiati would like to extend that for a further 12 months.

“You'd have to ask Ferguson about that, as he's the one who makes the decisions,” replied Macheda.

“I don't know if that would be possible, but you never know what could happen in life. I do really like it here.”

The 19-year-old arrived as a replacement for Antonio Cassano, who joined Milan following a contract dispute.

“Cassano is one of the best players I have ever seen. His technical skills are just fantastic.”

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