Federico Macheda eyes Italy return

Doncaster Rovers' on-loan forward Federico Macheda has set his sights on a move to Serie A in the winter.

The Manchester United striker, who began his career in Lazio's youth academy, favours a return to his home-city club and has declared that his career with the Red Devils is over.

"There's nothing definite yet, but certainly I won't be staying with United," he told calciomercato.it. "As soon as the market reopens, we'll see what opportunities there are. I'm not disappointed by United's decision because I already knew how things would go.

"The new coach, [David] Moyes, has decided to focus on the more established players, giving less space for the younger ones. Now I've just got to think about myself and continue my career in the best way possible and grow and improve."

The 22-year-old, who has spent time on loan with Sampdoria, Queens Park Rangers and Stuttgart in recent seasons, said he would like to return to his homeland in January.

"Coming back to Italy would delight me," he added. "Obviously that would be my preferred solution, but my priority now is to get back to playing regularly.

"Being a fan of Lazio, playing for them would be the ultimate. After two unfortunate games against Juventus, they have now bounced back and go into the derby in the best of shape. It's a difficult game which has a story of its own. Roma will be annoyed and will want revenge."

Macheda joined Doncaster on loan for a month on Monday, but is unsure what he will do for the final few months of the year before the transfer window opens again. "I think I'll go out on loan somewhere else until January," he said.