Manchester United forward Federico Macheda realizes that spending loan spells at other clubs reminds him of how much he wants to remain a Red Devil in the long run.
Macheda, 20, arrived at United as a teenager in 2008 but has since been sent out on loan at Sampdoria and Queens Park Rangers.
However, the youngster has still managed five goals in 33 appearances across all competitions in his career with the Premier League runners-up and given that he is usually in top form in the pre-season, it is no surprise that he is delighted to be back in training with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
“I’m really looking forward to it [pre-season]. It’s always great to visit fans in different countries. You meet new people, you see new cities, you experience different cultures,” Macheda told United’s official website.
The Italian added: “I didn’t know how big the club was around the world when I went away for the first time in 2009. But I was very impressed by Malaysia, China and Korea. We have great support all over the world and I love being part of this team.”
While at QPR last season, Macheda suffered an ankle injury early on and has consequently been out of action since February. When evaluating his return to the turf, he also takes that disappointment into account.
“It’s great to be back at Manchester United. When you go on loan you really understand how important it is to play for this club. I’m really happy to be back and I can’t wait for the start of the season.
“Last season was disappointing. In the first six months I didn’t get a lot of opportunities here so we decided it was best for me to go on loan.
“When I got to QPR things went a bit wrong, though, as I was feeling my ankle a lot. But now I feel a lot better and want to start the season well. It’s a big season for me,” he concluded.