Manchester United striker Federico Macheda looks set to exit Old Trafford in January, with the Italian having conceded that he believes his future lies "far from Manchester".
Fans and coaches alike initially had initial high hopes for 22-year-old Macheda. The fiery frontman made a sizeable impact after being handed his debut by Sir Alex Ferguson, notching the winner on his Premier League debut against Aston Villa in April 2009.
However, despite such an encouragingly bright start, Macheda has done precious little to justify his place at United in recent seasons.
In January 2011 he was sent on loan to Serie A outfit Sampdoria and has also had been sent for temporary spells with Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart and Champions duo Queens Park Rangers and Doncaster Rovers.
Having largely failed to prove his worth during those aforementioned loan stints away from the top-flight champions, it appears as if Macheda has all but given up hope of making a success of his United career and is seeking to moving in January.
"This week I should go on loan somewhere - it's going to be an important week," he told TMW in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.
"I need to find continuity until January. Then in January, we will see.
"I have not had the opportunity to talk about [my future at United], but I have not been fielded. I think my future will be far from Manchester. Let's see how this year goes, then maybe I could go back to Italy," he added.