Tuesday November 6 2012
'No El Shaarawy requests'

Adriano Galliani shot down reports of Manchester City or Chelsea offers for Stephan El Shaarawy. “Nobody asked for him. We don’t need to sell now.”

The Milan Vice-President spoke to Sky Sport Italia ahead of tonight’s Champions League game with Malaga.

“It’s not true that I met with Pep Guardiola’s brother today. I have never had the pleasure of meeting him at all,” said Galliani referring to the Gazzetta dello Sport rumours.

“I see that he is at San Siro tonight, so will go straight to meet him now!”

El Shaarawy is Capocannoniere in Serie A and there were reports in the English media that Manchester City and Chelsea were preparing offers, perhaps even an exchange with Mario Balotelli.

“Nobody has requested him, I swear. I want to reassure our fans. Milan needed to lower the wage bill and so we sold the top two in that list.

“Our books are balanced and we don’t need to sell now, in fact we are ready to make some investments.

“I hope it won’t take long to become competitive again. We decided to focus on young players and some are doing very well, but the fans must have patience with us.

“The economy has forced this approach upon us and we hope to get back to the top by following this focus on youth.”

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