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Manchester United Striker Says He Will Leave the Club in the Summer

Federico Macheda set to leave Old Trafford on a free in the summer.

Federico Macheda has revealed that he intends to leave Manchester United when his contract expires at the end of the season.

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The Italian striker burst onto the scene in April 2009, when, as a 17-year-old, he scored a superb stoppage-time winner in a 3-2 victory at home to Aston Villa in the Premier League.

He was rewarded with a four-year contract by former United manager Alex Ferguson, but failed to establish himself at Old Trafford and has spent most of the last three years on loan.

Following spells at Sampdoria, Queens Park Rangers, Stuttgart and Doncaster Rovers, he joined second-tier Birmingham City in January and has scored three goals for the club in his first six games.

“I don’t think I will stay at United, but whatever happens, nobody can take away the memories of my time there,” the 22-year-old told The Daily Telegraph.

“Sir Alex was amazing for me; he believed in me so much. After I scored two goals against Charlton last month he sent me a text message straight after the game.

“That was incredible because I hadn’t spoken to him for a long time, so to get that text was a relief. He said ‘Well done and keep going.'”

Macheda has scored four goals in 19 games for United, but last played for the club in December 2012.

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