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Macheda open to Lazio return; El Hamdaoui flattered by Reds interest

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has revealed he would be willing to return to Lazio in the future.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has revealed he would be willing to return to Lazio in the future, according to Sky Sports.

Macheda, 21, is currently on loan at Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart 1893 eV, and started against his former club Lazio in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

The Italian side won the crucial first leg away from home by a score of 2-0. Macheda, who was starting his first match for Stuttgart, was substituted in the final minute of the game.

The Italy Under-21 international was a member of Lazio’s youth system before agreeing to make a quickfire move to Old Trafford in 2007.

Macheda has failed to break into United’s first-team setup after scoring a sensational injury-time winner against Aston Villa on his Premier League debut in April 2009.

The 21-year-old has previously spent time on loan at U.C. Sampdoria (2010-11) and Queens Park Rangers (2011-12).

Both temporary spells were unsuccessful for the most part, with the Italian scoring one goal in 16 competitive appearances for Sampdoria while failing to find the back of the net at Loftus Road.

Macheda is now focused on getting regular playing-time at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

“I want to grow as a player and play with continuity to prove my worth,” Macheda was quoted as saying by lalaziosiamonoi.it.

“Lazio? I went away very young and I have not kept relations with the current management.

“I would go back, if there was a possibility in the future.”

El Hamdaoui flattered by Reds interest

Fiorentina striker Mounir El Hamdaoui has admitted he is flattered by speculation linking him with a move to Anfield, Sky Sports understands.

El Hamdaoui, 28, joined Fiorentina on a three-year deal from AFC Ajax in July 2012.

The Dutch-born Morocco international has failed to establish himself as a first-team player under Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella, with the likes of Adem Ljajic, David Pizarro, Luca Toni and Stevan Jovetic ahead of the 28-year-old in the pecking order at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

As a result, the former Tottenham Hotspur striker is flattered by reports in the media suggesting Liverpool are interested in his services, but conceded the rumours might just be speculation.

“Being linked with Liverpool is flattering but I really think it is paper talk so far,” he told Sky Sports.

“Liverpool are a great club and to play there in a legendary stadium like Anfield would be fantastic and a dream.

“But I am at Fiorentina and I’m happy.”

El Hamdaoui has scored three goals in 16 competitive appearances, three starts, for Fiorentina this season.

Sun 10 March, 2013
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