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Stephan El Shaarawy wants to stay with AC Milan

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Stephan El Shaarawy has reiterated a desire to stay with AC Milan amid links with a transfer away from the San Siro during the summer window. The Italy international has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

El Shaarawy missed much of the season after a long-term injury sustained last December, and the forward has been unable to regain his place since reaching full fitness. The 21-year-old made two substitute appearances under Clarence Seedorf after his return, and his future remains unclear.

The player’s agent has fuelled speculation about a potential departure, reports of a potential transfer to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United persist. El Shaarawy, however, remains optimistic that he will still be a Milan player next season.

"I don't know about these club questions and I don't know what will happen," he told reporters.

"I'm just thinking of doing well. My future is Milan and we'll be looking to do as well as we can next season.”

It may be, however, that the decision is taken out of his hands. Arsene Wenger, Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal are all likely to be in the market for attacking reinforcements, and a deal for El Shaarawy would represent something of a coup for either manager.

El Shaarawy scored 19 goals in his previous fully fit campaign for Milan to mark himself out as one of the top prospects in European football. Arsenal plan to recruit a player to provide competition for Olivier Giroud, and El Shaarawy would fit that criteria.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will need more forward options following their return to the Champions League, with Rodgers unlikely to be able to rely on Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge being fit across all competitions for the length of the campaign.

At Old Trafford, Van Gaal will look to add to his wide options, with the futures of Ashley Young and Luis Nani up for debate, and the versatility of El Shaarawy - who can operate on the flank or through the middle - may appeal to the new Manchester United manager.

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