Federico Macheda has revealed that the reason why he chose to join Sampdoria on loan for the rest of the season, ahead of other Italian teams, like Lazio, who showed an interest, is because they were the keenest to sign him. With the recent departure of Antonio Cassano, Kiko knows he should get a lot of time in the team which will help him improve as a player.

Although happy to have secured a loan move, Kiko has expressed his sadness at having to leave Sir Alex Ferguson, if even for a few months.

“Sampdoria were the team who really came looking for me,” said Macheda. “There was never anything concrete with Lazio. I need to play with continuity and I consider this to be the best decision, but no one has guaranteed me a place. I will have to earn it. There was too much competition at Manchester United. Ferguson is a maestro, the best Coach in the world and I am sorry to leave him even for a brief period, but he also encouraged me to have this new experience. I will return to Manchester an even stronger player.”