Monday September 2 2013
El Shaarawy staying at Milan

Stephan El Shaarawy has rejected reports that he could be leaving Milan for Manchester City today.

The youngster’s future has been placed into doubt after the Diavolo signed Alessandro Matri from Juventus and Real Madrid’s Kaka over the last four days.

“I’ve decided to stay at Milan,” he told Sport Mediaset as he arrived in Florence to join up with the Italian national squad.

“I have made a precise decision and, no matter what offer arrives, I want to stay at Milan.

“There's more competition in the squad now, but there will be playing time for everybody. I'll fight for my place in the team.”

El Shaarawy was dropped from the Milan starting XI that beat Cagliari at San Siro on Sunday, but he insists there is no problem with boss Massimiliano Allegri.

“I don’t question the decisions of the Coach,” he responded.

When asked about Kaka’s return to Milan, the 20-year-old smiled: “He is my idol!”

El Shaarawy is now in his third season at San Siro. He has scored 18 goals in 61 League games for the Diavolo.

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