Thursday April 18 2013
El Shaarawy: 'Allegri like a father'

Stephan El Shaarawy said Massimiliano Allegri “is like a father to me,” pledged his future to Milan and revealed how long he takes to do his hair.

The striker answered fans’ questions on a Google Hangout hosted by Milan’s official website today.

“I have an excellent rapport with Allegri. Right from last year, he was like a father to me. He is a great person, as he gives me advice on my football and helped form me as a man. I am grateful to him.

“In order to remain at certain levels, you need to make sacrifices and work hard. I do that with pleasure, because being a football player is the best job in the world and I know how far I can go.”

El Shaarawy has been repeatedly linked with offers from Napoli, Liverpool. Arsenal and Manchester City, but is a lifelong Rossoneri supporter.

“I want to stay with Milan for many years and make history with this club. In order to achieve that I need the utmost commitment, humility and to give all of myself. I am going through a good season, but I have so much more to learn.

“There is no food I cannot resist, so I control my diet well. I care about my image and my physique too, so I am very careful. In my spare time I watch TV or go on the Playstation, while I like hanging out with my brother.”

Naturally, the Little Pharaoh was asked about his famous hairstyle.

“I know how to do it now, so it only takes about 10 minutes. Image is something that counts a lot for me.”

It has been said that El Shaarawy suffers when playing alongside Mario Balotelli, who is suspended for Sunday’s game against Juventus.

“It’s not true that we are incompatible, as I absolutely can play with Balotelli. As for Juve, it won’t be easy as they are very strong and having a great season. We really want the three points and must keep the tempo up.”

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