Federico Macheda completes his move from Manchester United to Cardiff City on a three-year deal.
22-year-old arrived at Old Trafford with a lot of promise from Lazio, but after spending seven years at the club he failed to fulfil those promises. Macheda was promoted to the first team in 2008 and his best moment in an United shirt arrived when he scored that memorable winner against Aston Villa. But he failed to establish himself in the first team and had loan spells at lot of clubs including Sampdoria, Stuttgart and QPR.
Last season he was sent on loan to Doncaster Rovers, before joining Birmingham City in January. His current contract with Manchester United expires at the end of next month and the club decided against offering him a new contract, despite being finishing the season as Birmingham’s top league goal-scorer.
Cardiff City, who were relegated from the Premier League, have now reached an agreement to sign Federico Macheda as former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to strengthen the squad in the summer. Macheda became their third signing of this summer, and looks to be a direct replacement for Craig Bellamy, who retired from football earlier this month.
Macheda expressed his pleasure at have secure this move and to play under some like Solskjaer.
“It’s a massive opportunity for me and it is with thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that I am here.
“Last season I had a good spell on loan at Birmingham City, but this is a new chapter of my career now and I can’t wait to get started and show everyone who I am.
“Knowing Ole, he wants to get back into the Premier League as soon as possible and the recent signings show that.
“I’m here for the same reason. I feel that this is a great team and if we can have a good season and work hard then we can go straight back up.” – Macheda said to the club’s official website.
Cardiff City officially announced the signing and revealed his three-year contract with the club.
“City are delighted to confirm the signing of Italian striker Federico Macheda on a free transfer.
The 22-year-old frontman has put pen-to-paper on a three-year-deal after successfully completing his medical. Federico will join the club on July 1st 2014 following the expiration of his contract at Manchester United.” – Read an official statement released by Cardiff City.