Macheda excited by Stuttgart challenge
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Federico Macheda is looking forward to a new challenge in the Bundesliga after the striker agreed to join Stuttgart on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.

Macheda has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford after scoring a famous debut goal against Aston Villa that helped secure the Premier League title for the Red Devils in 2009.

Loan spells at Sampdoria and Queens Park Rangers have both proved disappointing in the past for the Italian youth international. Now he is looking to kick-start his career in Germany after passing a medical.

"I have followed the Bundesliga and of course I know Stuttgart," said Macheda on his new club's website. "I'm delighted to be able to play for them now. I now have got to get to know my team-mates and settle in, because we have got many interesting games in three competitions to come."

Stuttgart's director of sport Fredi Bobic, who successfully completed negotiations with United, added: "We wanted a striker and we are pleased that we have found one now in Federico Macheda. Federico is young and hungry for success and he therefore fits in very well in Stuttgart. He comes from a top European club and has already proven himself there. We now want to integrate him as quickly as possible into the team."

Macheda is available to Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia immediately and could make his debut against Bayern Munich on Sunday. However, he may have to settle for a spot on the sideline as he adjusts to his new environment with Bosnian international Vedad Ibisevic back from suspension. The Italian striker will wear No14 for the Bundesliga club.