Stephan El Shaarawy insists his relationship with Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is still strong despite his omission from the starting XI at the weekend.
The 20-year-old was surprisingly benched for the San Siro showdown against Napoli, despite being the club’s top scorer this term.
“It was a decision taken by the Coach and I fully respect it, like I have always respected substitutions in the past,” the Italian international told Milan Channel.
“He has given me lots of confidence and shown a lot of belief in me, so there is no problem whatsoever. I respect his choices and, in the game against Napoli, he preferred to start with Robinho.
“There is no problem between the Coach and I, we have a good relationship and we always have had. I am relaxed, I have done well until now and I just want to keep improving.”
The former Padova and Genoa player made a blistering start to the season, but goals have dried up in recent months.
“The arrival of Mario Balotelli hasn't changed things that much,” he added. “As a team we still create chances, but I am a little less clinical in front of goal – but that is because I sacrifice myself for the team.
“I am happy with what I have done over the last few months and I want to help the team as much as possible.”
El Shaarawy has scored 16 goals in 31 League games this term.