Federico Macheda says he has no interest in joining Benfica on loan this summer, reiterating his desire to remain with Manchester United for next season.
Transfer speculation has linked Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan with a move to Old Trafford at the end of the season, with both Macheda and Fabio da Silva going in the opposite direction on loan as part of the deal.
Macheda was shipped out on loan to QPR earlier this season but had his spell at Loftus Road cut short through injury, while his time with Sampdoria last year was equally unsuccessful.
The Italian admits he is tempted to return to his home country in the future, but says he has no interest in being part of the Gaitan deal with his Manchester United future in the balance.
"Me to Benfica and Gaitan to Manchester United? I don't know about that, but I want to stay in England in the Premier League," Macheda told tuttomercatoweb.com.
"One day I'd like to return to Italy.
"My experience at Sampdoria last season? I was unfortunate and it was not a good time for me. Would I go back to Sampdoria? I don't know, I would have to think about it.
"I would never go to Roma (as a Lazio supporter), but they do have a nice project building and I know (sporting director, Walter) Sabatini well."
The 20-year-old made a name with himself with a stunning late effort against Aston Villa in 2009 to help United on their way to the Premier League title, but since then has been unable to kick on and claim a regular starting spot in the Red Devils line up, with Danny Welbeck in particular moving above him in the pecking order.
Macheda has made just five Premier League starts for United since making his debut in the game against Villa .