Federico Macheda admits he has already discussed the merits of a loan move away from Manchester United and claims to have offers on the table, reports skysports.com.

The 20-year-old striker has been limited to Carling Cup and occasional cameo appearances from the bench so far this term - such is the strength of the reigning Barclays Premier League champions attacking options.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a huge admirer of Macheda's and believes the Italian has a big future at Old Trafford - but may be willing to let him continue his development away from Manchester United.

A disappointing spell at Sampdoria last season has turned Macheda against loan deals slightly, but he admits the opportunity to remain in England could sway him.

"An assignment on loan in January? We have opportunities, but I definitely won't be going back to Italy," he told tuttomercatoweb.

"I would like to play in England, today and tomorrow, because I want my future to be at Manchester United.

"There are proposals from the Premier League, we are evaluating them and we'll make our choices when the time comes."

Questioned about his take on the current situation at Manchester United, which has seen former Academy teammate Danny Welbeck edge ahead of Macheda in the first-team pecking order, the striker insists he is happy to bide his time.

"My situation at United? We have many strikers and it is complicated, but I understand the situation," he added.

"Welbeck has exploded, I was injured for a month and I only came back for 10 minutes on Saturday [against Newcastle].

"Welbeck is a great player and a very good person. I have played alongside him since I was 16 and we were in the youth teams together.

"I am tipping him to be a big star in the future. I also believe I am capable of matching him because, despite some criticism, I am still only 20 years old."

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