Federico Macheda admits a return to Manchester United ‘wouldn’t make sense’ amidst speculation over a permanent move away from the club.
The Italian U21 international has been sent out on loan three times since January 2011, spending time with Sampdoria, QPR and now Stuttgart.
The Bundesliga outfit have an option to sign the 21-year-old in the summer, according to Sky Sports, whilst Lazio have also been linked with a move for their former youth team prospect.
And, despite having a contract with the Red Devils until the summer of 2014, Macheda admits going back to Old Trafford might not be the smartest move for his career.
"After Manchester it has been a struggle. I have had injuries and loan spells and they haven't really worked,” he told The Daily Mail.
"But I am adapting now here at Stuttgart. That takes time. The important thing now is to find my place; get some playing time and develop as a player.
"Manchester United was more difficult than any club in the world because of the talent of the players there and because of the attention and the pressure.
"It wouldn't make sense to go back and do what I have done for the last two years. Maybe in the future I could go back, but not now."
Macheda burst onto the scene as a teenager at Manchester United, coming off the bench to score a memorable winner against Aston Villa in the Premier League in April 2009.
Despite starting a couple of games for Sir Alex Ferguson in the final weeks of that same season, Macheda was unable to secure a regular place in the side, and was subsequently shipped out a year-and-a-half later.
Now plying his trade at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, his future is up in the air as he looks to impress under Bruno Labbadia in the German top flight.