Friday May 10 2013
El Shaarawy denies Balo rift rumours

Stephan El Shaarawy has claimed that he is best of friends with Mario Balotelli, and that rumours of a rift are false.

Reports earlier this season suggested that El Shaarawy had fallen out with the former Manchester City man after his January move to San Siro coincided with the 20-year-old's relative drop in form.

But the Italy international has insisted that that is not the case.

“My friendship with Mario was instinctive,” he told reporters. “It happened immediately as soon as we met.

“The story that Mario and I have fallen out is false. It is an invention made up by journalists.

“Mario is a simple guy, like myself. We are two nice guys!”