Manchester United striker Federico Macheda concedes he is expecting to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season, with the Italian understanding that he has little prospect of a return from the wilderness under David Moyes.
Macheda is on loan with Birmingham City, his second loan spell of the season and his fourth since 2010-11, and has scored three goals in six appearances for the Blues since moving to St Andrew’s in January.
The wealth of attacking talent available at Old Trafford, including Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez, would appear to suggest this season will be Macheda’s last on the books at Manchester United. And the 22-year-old seems to feel the same.
"I don't think I will stay at United but whatever happens, nobody can take away the memories of my time there," he told The Telegraph.
Macheda burst onto the scene as a teenager, scoring a last-minute winner on Manchester United debut against Aston Villa, but has failed to reach anything like those heights since.
The young forward does, however, retain the support of Sir Alex Ferguson even if his Manchester United career coming to an end, with the former manager still in contact over text message.
"Sir Alex was amazing for me, he believed in me so much. After I scored two goals against Charlton last month he sent me a text message straight after the game,” Macheda added.
“That was incredible because I hadn't spoken to him for a long time so to get that text was a relief. He said 'well done and keep going'."
As the season heads towards its business end, Macheda is beginning to think about his next destination. The Premier League us where he wants to be, although he is not looking too far ahead just yet.
"My United contract runs out at the end of the season but I'm not worried about it now. When my loan finishes in May we will see what happens but I want to stay in England, ideally the Premier League,” Macheda continued.
“It will be strange for me because I'm starting all over again but my head is only focused on doing well at Birmingham.”