Doncaster Rovers: Macheda open to extending loan

Federico Macheda in action for Rovers against Watford. Picture by Steve Flynn/
Federico Macheda in action for Rovers against Watford. Picture by Steve Flynn/

Federico Macheda was delighted to get his first appearance for Doncaster Rovers and insists he would be happy to extend his loan deal.

The Manchester United striker, who has signed a one-month’s initial loan with Rovers, came off the bench to play the last half hour in the 2-1 Championship defeat to Watford.

The Italian, who was powerless to stop Lewis McGugan’s last-gasp match-winning penalty, received a lot of attention from the press and photographers as he took to the dug-out before coming on for David Cotterill at Vicarage Road.

That demand for the 22-year-old has been apparent since his switch to the red half of Manchester has not quite worked out with the forward admitting several Championship clubs and overseas teams were all keen on landing his signature.

However, the Red Devils striker insisted he was sold on Rovers from the word go and would be open to furthering his career with the Keepmoat club. “It would be a shame to just be here for just a month,” the former Lazio trainee said.

“If there is a chance for me to stay until January, it would be great.”

On his Rovers appearance against Gianfranco Zola’s men, he said: “It was good but I was a bit disappointed with the result, we deserved a point to be fair.”

He went on: “It is a good team [Rovers].

“We play football and we have what it takes to have a good season.

“I am really happy to be here and I am looking forward to getting more playing time.

“This is the best move for me.”

Macheda admitted that manager Paul Dickov was a major factor in him signing for Doncaster and bought into the Scotsman’s ambition.

He said: “I have waited a long time for this [move to Doncaster].

“It is a great opportunity for me.

“Paul [Dickov] has been the main reason I have come here, he convinced me of the club’s ambition.

“It is an ambitious club and I am looking forward to playing.”

Macheda said playing for Manchester United had been a “great experience” but right now he was fully focused on helping Rovers move up the Championship table.

“I am here to help the team,” he added.