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Macheda Is Not Ready - Yet

Italy U21 boss Pierluigi Casiraghi believes that even though Federico Macheda is showing a lot of promise, he's far from being a complete footballer yet. But the former Italy striker concedes that the United starlet has excellent qualities.

"He needs to grow a lot, both on the pitch and off it, if he wants to remain a part of this squad," he said.

"As a player he has many qualities, but they are yet to be expressed fully. If he wants to be a football player, then that is a fun job, but he needs to learn to be a real professional.

"At the moment, that is not the case with Macheda. I say this above all in his own interest."

Not very surprising, all this: Macheda is very raw on the pitch, we saw that with our own eyes: he's got nowhere near the maturity (and I say this in a playing, not in a disciplinary sense) of the 18-year-old Wayne Rooney. What we know him off the pitch is that he's got a soft spot for glamour and parties which is not the most endearing quality in the eye of a coach...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 8 2009

Time: 7:21PM

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I dont think he'll quite be special, a good player though
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08/09/2009 20:05:00

Casiraghi - now there's a name I recognise :-)
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08/09/2009 20:42:00

He will be a playboy. Dont belive the hype!!!
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08/09/2009 20:53:00

Hi Pompey Fan here. I dont understand why people were saying that he we be the next Man utd star when he scores a good alright goal agaisnt Villa and a lucky deflected goal against Sunderland. Hes young and needs time but could become a great player.
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08/09/2009 23:58:00

He'll be become a great player in the future NO DOUBT but a lot of work has to be done beforehand!
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09/09/2009 00:42:00

Obviously, FU, Obliously..
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11/09/2009 17:29:00


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