Manchester United striker Federico Macheda admits that he would like to remain at Stuttgart after his loan deal ends.
The Italian forward joined the Swabians on loan in the January transfer window, and has since mostly been restricted to substitute appearances.
Macheda, nevertheless, believes he has a future at Stuttgart and reveals he is not too keen on returning to Old Trafford.
“In winter, a loan was the only option, but I knew that I might also have the chance to stay here”, the Italian said to Bild.
“And if Stuttgart want to take me on a contract, I’d be very happy. I think that I can develop here, because here you get to work with young players.”
Macheda, 21, was handed his Manchester United debut during the 2008/2009 season, but his career has not progressed according to plan since.
The Italian failed to impress while on loan spells at Sampdoria and QPR, and is now nearing a permanent exit from Old Trafford.
He has made a total of six substitute appearances for Stuttgart, and he has yet to score for his new club.
Despite his wishes to remain with the Swabians, it is highly unlikely he would be offered a permanent deal unless his performances improve considerably.