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Macheda reaches out to Balotelli

ROME, August 10 – Manchester United forward Federico Macheda has urged his compatriot Mario Balotelli to complete his proposed switch from Inter Milan to Manchester City, to advance his career.Teenager Macheda made the move to England three years ago after growing up in the Lazio youth system and he has already weighed in with some crucial strikes for United, even though he has played only a handful of games.

And Macheda believes that young players in England get more opportunities than their Italian counterparts.

"He’s coming to play in England because in the Premier League he will be a protagonist," said Macheda from the Italy under-21 base in Viareggio, in Tuscany.

"I’m proud to be playing in a championship that’s different to ours (Italian) where a young player has the chance of playing.

"For a while there was a possibility that I would be sold and then Manchester (United) confirmed me and I’m delighted with that choice.

"In England someone like Balotelli would feel good and would play. I’m delighted he’s been picked by (Italy senior coach Cesare) Prandelli, whether he deserves it or not only the future will tell."

While Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has sent two other strikers out on loan this season — Mame Biram Diouf and Danny Wellbeck — he chose to keep Macheda with the first team squad.

But the 18-year-old faces huge competition to cement a first team place with Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.

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