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Tuesday May 20 2014
El Shaarawy awaits Milan nod

Stephan El Shaarawy’s agent said he’d like to stay at Milan, “but we’ll have to wait and see what the club decides.”

The Little Pharaoh struggled for playing time this season with a series of injuries, including surgery on a fracture in December.

“He always put in the performances when fit and his last two appearances showed he has found his form after a long lay-off,” said agent and brother Manuel El Shaarawy.

“Will his future be at Milan? We’ll have to wait and see what the club decides on the market. Stephan is certainly an important player, but there are many changes going on, starting from the issue of the Coach.

“He has always been a Milan fan, so the intention is to stay, but we need to evaluate all the situations. We have to see what Milan decides.”

El Shaarawy had been called up for pre-World Cup fitness tests, but didn’t make the 30-man provisional squad.

“He was upset,” confirmed Manuel. “He always had hope, but unfortunately couldn’t play consistently. If he had a few more games under his belt, then he could’ve been in the 30 and once in training show Cesare Prandelli what he can do.

“The only reason he wasn’t called up is that he hadn’t played for several months. It was purely a fitness issue. If he had made his comeback a month earlier, he certainly would’ve challenged for a place at the World Cup.”

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