Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their transfer deadline day pursuit of AC Milan star Stephan El Shaarawy, after the player insisted he will not be leaving the San Siro this summer, reports Sky Sports.
The 20-year-old winger had been linked with a move away from the Rossoneri after the arrival of fellow forwards Alessandro Matri from Juventus and Kaka from Real Madrid.
It was rumoured that Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri would be willing to allow El Shaarawy leave, alerting the attention of Manuel Pellegrini, who is keen to bring the Italy international to the Etihad Stadium.
However, El Shaarawy - who scored 16 league goals in 2012/13 as Milan finished third in Serie 'A' - is determined to stay and fight for his place, and has no interest in a last-minute move to Manchester City or anywhere else.
"I've decided to stay at Milan," he told Sport Mediaset. "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 speaking to journalists in Florence after linking up with Italian national squad ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers later this week.