Manchester United striker's agent plays down January exit

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Manchester United outcast Federico Macheda is unlikely to leave Old Trafford this month, according to his agent Giovanni Bia, reports talkSPORT.

The Italian striker has fallen way down the first-team pecking order at Old Trafford, and is expected to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Earlier this campaign, Red Devils boss David Moyes sent the 22-year-old on loan to Championship side Doncaster Rovers, but his stint at the Keepmoat Stadium was cut short by injury.

The Premier League champions remain open to the idea of selling Macheda before the transfer window closes on Friday, but his representative said that he'd only consider a serious project, with the offer of a minimum three-year contract.

"It is very difficult to leave the English club in this last phase of the winter transfer window," Bia is quoted saying on TMW. "It is true, however, that some Italian clubs have made enquiries.

"But if he must move now, and not on a free transfer in June, he will only do so for a serious project and for at least a three-year contract."

Macheda burst onto the scene at Old Trafford, scoring on his full debut in 2009, as he made the breakthrough into Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team squad.

However, despite his early promise, the youngster has failed to ever really establish himself at Manchester United, and disappointed in the various loan spells he has taken in over the past few seasons.

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