Kiko commits til 2014
Posted by nickogs20 on December 3, 2009
United have confirmed that Federico Macheda has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal that ties the Italian teenager to the club until 2014.
Having joined the club in 2007 in a controversial switch from Lazio at just 16 years of age, Kiko has enjoyed a remarkable ascent through the ranks at Old Trafford. The Rome-born striker enjoyed a productive first season in Manchester, top-scoring for the academy and making a breakthrough for the reserves towards the end of the campaign. Last season he bagged another impressive haul at academy level whilst topping the goal charts for the second string, producing such impressive form in the second half of the season that he was called upon by Sir Alex Ferguson to bolster the Reds’ faltering title challenge, something he did in sensational fashion.
The emergence of Kiko, as well as that of fellow teen forward Danny Welbeck, was cited as one of the main reasons Sir Alex decided against bringing in a big name striker in the summer, and the young Italian took full advantage of the opportunities handed to him on the club’s pre-season Asia tour, scoring on both starts. First-team opportunities have been hard to come by in competitive games so far, with the manager trying to give Michael Owen games and work on the Rooney-Berbatov partnership, but there’s no doubting the 18 year-old is regarded as a huge prospect for the future, and that is reflected in this newly-signed contract extension.
Speaking to the official site, Sir Alex Ferguson said:
“We are delighted by the new four year deal, everyone at the club recognises the fantastic talent he has and we hope to see that develop in the next years, so he becomes a well rounded player”
Macheda meanwhile had this to say:
“I am very happy to commit my future to Manchester United. I really enjoyed myself last season when I came on and I hope to get more chances like that and contribute to the team’s success.”