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El Shaarawy cools City link

AC Milan winger Stephan El Shaarawy has rejected reports he could leave the San Siro to join Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

Last Updated: 02/09/13 at 14:58 Post Comment

Stephan El Shaarawy: Insists he is committed to AC Milan despite Manchester City

Stephan El Shaarawy: Insists he is committed to AC Milan despite Manchester City

The 20-year-old's future was put into question as manager Massimiliano Allegri has signed forwards Alessandro Matri from Juventus and Kaka from Real Madrid over the last four days.

Following the departure of Zalatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, El Shaarawy took centre stage in the Milan attack, scoring 16 league goals as the Rossoneri finished third in Serie A.

Despite the introduction of Matri and the return of Kaka, El Shaarawy believes he can still contest for a place in the starting XI.

"I've decided to stay at Milan," he told Sport Mediaset as he arrived in Florence to join the Italian national squad.

"I have made a precise decision and, no matter what offer arrives, I want to stay at Milan.

"There's more competition in the squad now, but there will be playing time for everybody. I'll fight for my place in the team."

El Shaarawy was dropped from the Milan side which beat Cagliari 3-1 at the San Siro on Sunday, but the forward understands the competition in the squad, saying; "I don't question the decisions of the coach."

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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