Macheda aims to stay in England

Striker feels Premier League is better suited to his development

Macheda: Wants to stay in the Premier League after last season's loan spell at Sampdoria

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Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has confirmed he wants to stay in the Premier League following last season's loan spell at Sampdoria.

The Italian striker was allowed to return to his homeland for the second half of last term in order to build up his first-team experience.

However, he was unable to prevent Sampdoria from suffering relegation from Serie A and he is now due to return to Old Trafford.

Macheda, who has scored four goals in 27 appearances for United, acknowledged it was difficult at Sampdoria and he feels he will be better suited by staying in England.

"Psychologically it was not easy because to go from United to Sampdoria and to fight to avoid the drop was a difficult situation," Macheda said to Sky Italia.

"I wanted to have an experience in Italy but now I want to remain in the Premier League.

"England is better suited for young players."

The 19-year-old, who is under contract with United until June 2013, failed to score in 14 Serie A appearances for Sampdoria.

"I arrived in Genoa with great enthusiasm," Macheda added. "The first few games the team and I did very well but after the defeat to Napoli, I did not find continuity."