Date: 4th January 2011 at 10:53am
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With Kiko Macheda’s move to Sampdoria almost completetd the Striker spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport to tell of his sadness at leaving even for a short period of time but also why it will put him in good stead to break into Sir Alex’s first team plans:

“There are still a couple of faxes (to be sent) but sometime between Wednesday and Thursday I will be in Italy. I am only playing 10-20 minute spells in games currently and that is not helping my growth. Ferguson is of the same opinion. In this regard, we are all happy because in six months’ time, will get a stronger player.

“I’m happy to go to Sampdoria. Genoa is a beautiful city and I am happy. Sampdoria was the club which really tried to take me. With Lazio, there was never anything concrete.

“I need to play regularly and I think this is the best choice, but nobody has assured me a place. I’ll have to earn it. In Manchester, there was too much competition. Ferguson is a teacher, the best coach in the world and I’m sorry to leave him, even for a short period, but he also encouraged me to take this new experience.”

Whilst many had hoped he would stay in England, a move to Italy may be just as beneficial and I think we all are anxious to see how he performs with some concurrent games under his belt.