AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy is likely to remain at the club over the summer, according to his agent, but if the club were keen to sell there would be options on the table for the 22-year-old.
The Italian international was highly-rated as a youngster and was tipped for great things in European football, but due to continuous injury problems and failure to cement a first-team spot El Shaarawy's progression has stalled over the past two seasons.
The forward burst onto the scene at the San Siro during the 2012/2013 season, where he started the campaign on fire, scoring 16 goals in all competitions before the turn of the New Year. However, the second half of the season was nothing like the first and El Shaarawy suffered in form-loss but still received a boost off the field.
In February 2013, the Italian penned a new deal at Milan that would see him stay at the Serie A club until the Summer of 2018.
Dip and Injuries
Since that season injury problems and changes in management has seen El Shaarawy dip in form and fall down the pecking order in the first-team. Surgery on his foot failed to heal properly and he missed 10-weeks of action.
At the beginning of this season, the 22-year-old forward ended a 622-days goal drought when he netted during a Serie A match. The goal meant so much to him that he collapsed in a fit of tears.
Despite slowly being reintroduced into the first-team, El Shaarawy has been strongly linked with moves away from the San Siro, with Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool both interested in signing him.
The Italian had offers in January to leave Milan but after much consideration, he stayed put in Italy and according to his agent, it's looking likely that he will stay at the club past this summer as well.
“I’ve had some requests from abroad, even in January. But Stephan is at home with Milan and doesn’t feel the need to leave,” El Shaarawy's agent, Manuel El Shaarawy, told MilanNews.
“He has a good relationship with the fans, the club and his teammates.
“We’ll see what happens in the summer though, it depends on whether the coach [Inzaghi] will stay, if there will be changes at boardroom level and especially what the club plans to do on the transfer market.
“If Milan were to tell us that Stephan needs to go elsewhere then we’d sit round the table and talk about it.”
El Shaarawy was wanted by his former-club Genoa in the winter window, but his agent has confirmed that if he were to leave Milan, it would be to a different league.
“I can rule out a move within Italy this summer. There have also been rumours about Udinese and Torino in January, as well as the Rossoblu. All can be excluded as options," he added.
“Stephan will not go to another Italian team.”