Arsenal & Tottenham target staying with AC Milan

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AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says Stephan El Shaarawy chose to stay at the club in the summer rather than triple his wages elsewhere, insisting the club still have faith in the winger.

El Shaarawy burst on to the scene in the first half of last season and has since been named as one of the most exciting young stars in European football.

However, since January the goals have dried up and the 20-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham have been credited with an interest, with the Sunday Mirror reporting that the latter were lining up a £20m move for the young forward.

With Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor expected to leave the club in the near future, El Shaarawy is seen as a potential good addition to an exciting young side at White Hart Lane.

Alternatively, Arsenal were linked with the player in the summer after Arsene Wenger tried to part with some of the £70m he was given to spend in the summer.

He subsequently spent a large chunk bringing Mesut Ozil to the Emirates and it is not known whether Wenger will renew his interest in El Shaarawy come January.

But Galliani has said that the player remains fully committed to the Milan club and vice versa.

"I'd like to remind people that if we are in the Champions League, then part of the credit goes to El Shaarawy," he told reporters.

"He is only 20 years old and flew up the ranking, so growing up that quickly is difficult. Our judgement on him is absolutely positive, he has a five-year contract and we believe in him.

"He showed how much he cares about the club colours, because over the summer he could've moved to a team that was prepared to triple his wages."

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