Cardiff City complete Federico Macheda signing

Federico Macheda of Birmingham tangles with Anthony Gerrard of Huddersfield Town during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town at St Andrews (stadium) on February 15, 2014
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Cardiff City announce that Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has joined the club on a free transfer.

Cardiff City have announced that Federico Macheda has agreed to join the club on a free transfer.

The striker, who is coming to the end of his contract with Manchester United, has signed a three-year contract with the Bluebirds.

The 22-year-old told the club's website: "It's a massive opportunity for me and it is with thanks to [manager] Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that I am here. He played a big part of my decision and I'm really looking forward to starting this season.

"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 scored 13 goals in a total of 22 appearances during loan spells at Birmingham City and Doncaster Rovers in the 2013-14 season.

Federico Macheda celebrates scoring a goal for Manchester United against Sunderland on April 11, 2009
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