Friday September 27 2013
El Shaarawy open to role change

Stephan El Shaarawy says he is at the total tactical disposal of Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri. “I’ll play as the Trequartista if necessary.”

The 20-year-old prefers to play in a wide attacking role, but Allegri has switched to a narrower 4-3-1-2 system this season.

“Am I ready to play as a second striker? Of course I am,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “If there is the need for it, then I'm also ready to play as a Trequartista which I did for a bit at Padova.

“I have a very good relationship with boss Allegri, who has been concerned about my health in recent weeks.

“I’m happy that he stayed with us.”

The young Italian was a revelation in the opening half of last season, but the goals have dried up for him at San Siro.

“I'm happy with what I have done so far at Milan. I have scored goals and I have missed some. I can't complain. I feel an integral part of this project.

“I don't want to talk about goals or personal objectives,” he added. “The most important thing is the squad.

“Last year I hadn't set any objectives in terms of goals and, in the end, the goals arrived by themselves. It wouldn't be bad if the same thing happened again.”