English Premiership

Ex-United prodigy joins Cardiff

Federico Macheda (File)
Federico Macheda (File)
Cape Town - Cardiff City have signed ex-Manchester United youth star Federico Macheda on a free transfer on a three-year contract.

The deal was confirmed late on Tuesday evening by the club's official website. Macheda, 22, will join the club on July 1, 2014 following the expiration of his current deal at Manchester United.

Looking forward to teaming up with Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær once again, having worked under him previously at Old Trafford, the Bluebirds’ third signing of the summer said: “It’s a massive opportunity for me and it is with thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that I am here. He played a big part of my decision and I’m really looking forward to starting this season.

“Knowing Ole, he wants to get back into the Premier League as soon as possible and the recent signings show that.

“I’m here for the same reason. I feel that this is a great team and if we can have a good season and work hard then we can go straight back up.”

Many football fans will remember Macheda's most vital contribution during his time with the Red Devils, his sensational stoppage time curling strike which sealed a come from behind 3-2 win for United over Aston Villa.

Macheda failed to gain a regular place in the first team squad in Manchester and was often sent on loan with varying levels of success.

In 2011, Macheda returned to his native Italy for a spell with Sampdoria before 2012/13 saw him have stints at Queens Park Rangers and VfB Stuttgart.

It was 2013/14 campaign that saw ‘Kiko’ enjoy his most fruitful spell away from his parent club, first scoring three goals in two stints at Championship Doncaster Rovers before aiding Birmingham City’s push for survival with ten goals in 18 appearances.

Macheda is the third summer signing for Cardiff City who will be aiming to gained promotion back into the Premier League.

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