• Macheda makes comment while on Italy Under-21 duty
• 'Rooney is a great person, but he's a bit of a chav'
"Rooney is a really great person, he always gives me advice, but he's a bit of a coatto," Macheda told the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.
Coatto is a Roman slang term that is translated by online dictionary wordreference.com as "young urban working class person with vulgar and sometimes violent behaviour", but understood in the same way a "chav" would be in English.
Macheda also played down reports that he is considering a move to Lazio, saying he was keen to succeed with United. "I want to grow at Manchester, when I am older I can make decisions about what to do next," he said. "I am told that Ferguson has called me 'unsellable'. That is a very satisfying thing to hear.
"I feel more of an English footballer now, and now I speak the language with an accent that is more English than Roman. The rumours about Lazio please me, but I don't believe I'll go."
His Italy Under-21 team-mate, Vito Mannone, however, suggested that he might look to leave Arsenal if he wasn't given more first-team opportunities in the near future.
"Last year I played nine matches and Arsenal never lost with me in the team," he told Gazzetta. "They tried again with Almunia, then against Chelsea it was [Lukasz] Fabianski. It hurts not to be playing, especially when the other two aren't doing brilliantly."( Things don't get better for Wayne in the football rich list...Collapse )