The pair played together with Manchester United.
Former Lazio junior Macheda told Radio Sei: "He came on loan to Cardiff.
"He's very technical, he is certainly a player similar to Gattuso. If you find him on the right day, he can hurt anyone . He has had some problems off the field that did not allow him to explode, he was right to leave England.
"He is not a winger, he is best played behind the strikers or in a midfield three."
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