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Federico Macheda hopes to stay in Premier League

Federico Macheda admits he struggled on loan in Italy and now hopes to remain in England.

Federico Macheda has said he is hoping to remain in England after an ill-fated spell in his native Italy.

The 19-year-old Man Utd striker was sent out on loan in January to struggling Serie A side Sampdoria, who ended the season with relegation.

"I really wanted to have an experience in Italy," Macheda told Sky Sport Italia. "But I now hope to stay in the Premier League. For a youngster, England is a better place to play.

"I arrived in Genoa with great enthusiasm, but it wasn't easy from a psychological point of view to leave United and join a Sampdoria side who were fighting relegation. It was a delicate situation."

Macheda joined United from Lazio on a scholarship in 2007.

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