Federico Macheda would relish the opportunity to extent his stay at Stuttgart through next season, instead returning to Manchester United.

The Italian forward managed just 47 minutes on the pitch for United during the first half of the season as he struggled to get a look in behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, before joining the Bundesliga side on loan in January.

Previous loan spells with Queens Park Rangers at Sampdoria have proven to be unfruitful for the 21-year-old, but Macheda is currently enjoying his spell with Stuttgart, who have an option to sign the forward on a permanent basis this summer.

"My experience at Stuttgart is going very well," Macheda told calcio mercato. "I have immediately familiarised myself, and the relationship with my teammates and coaches is great.

"In June the loan will end but I already have a verbal agreement with Stuttgart to extend my stay. If there is a chance to, I would be really happy to stay."

Federico Macheda
Macheda does not feel ready to return to Manchester United just yet. (Reuters)

Macheda stormed onto the scene for his debut in 2009 as a 17-year-old, scoring a memorable last minute winner against Aston Villa, a victory that proved to be a major turning point in the season as United went on to shake off a poor run of form and win the win the Premier League.

The striker still harbours desires to return to Old Trafford, but acknowledges that his continued development will have to take place elsewhere.

"My relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson is great and it is clear that I have always had the desire to return and play for the Red Devils," Macheda added."

"But returning now would not be good for my career because I need to play with continuity."

Macheda left Lazio's youth ranks at the age of 16 to join United in 2007, and has previously been linked with a return to Italy, with his former club and Fiorentina previously being credited with interest. A career in Serie A is not something the young forward will rule out.

"In the future I would like to back to my country and play in Serie A."