Tuesday April 16 2013
El Shaarawy respects boss Allegri

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.

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