Federico Macheda has joined Cardiff City as a free transfer after leaving Manchester United this summer.
The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a three year deal and will be officially confirmed as a player once his current United contract expires on 1 July.
Cardiff is a great move for Macheda. He has worked with Solskjaer previously for United’s Reserves and will be able to flourish in what should be a comfortable environment for him.
“It’s a massive opportunity for me and it is with thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjær that I am here,” he said.
“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 this is a great team. If we can have a good year and work hard, we can go straight back up.”
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) May 27, 2014
Macheda never managed to live up to the expectation he created for himself with that goal against Aston Villa on his debut as a 17-year-old but with ten goals in 18 appearances for Birmingham on loan this season, he showed that his goalscoring touch is still there.
His arrival at Cardiff means Solskjaer is building up a collection of ex-United players with the likes of Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Mats Moller Daehli and Fabio also at the club, so it will be a perfect place for Macheda to try and forge himself a new career.
At 22, he has age on his side and although he never made it at United, there’s no reason why he can’t be a success elsewhere.
Good luck to him at Cardiff and thanks for the goal against Villa.