Stephan El Shaarawy says ‘I hope to find my happiness’ after joining Shanghai Shenhua and being taken aback by ‘how much they wanted me’.
Shenhua have committed to paying El Shaarawy a reported €15m salary for the next three years after he rejected a new contract with Roma, and the winger is ready to make the most of his move to China.
“I hope to find my happiness,” the 26-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I’ve talked to some players who have lived here, and they felt good. I hope it’s the same for me too.
“Choosing Shanghai Shenhua has led me to change my life, but I’m determined to face this challenge.
“The thing that pleased me most was how much the club wanted me. I hope I feel good in this different world and I hope to help the team soon.
“I trained during the holidays and I’ll be in shape soon, but physically I feel good and I’m ready to do my bit.”