El Shaarawy: “My goal is to stay with Milan, I am glad I could help us win against Sassuolo”

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 13:  Stephan El Shaarawy (R) of AC Milan speaks to his team-mate Andrea Poli (L) during the TIM Cup match between AC Milan and US Sassuolo Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 13, 2015 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
El Shaarawy during the TIM Cup match between Milan and Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 13, 2015. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Stephan El Shaarawy doesn’t pay attention to the market rumours and is happy to have progressed in the Coppa.

El Shaarawy didn’t score yesterday in the 2-1 win over Sassuolo in the Coppa Italia but was one of the better performers of Milan (6.5/10 on today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport).

Things haven’t been going as for the Italo-Egyptian as well as El Shaarawy would’ve liked but the forward’s intention is to keep wearing the red and black of Milan but knows it takes continuity.

“I’m very satisfied, it was important to win this match tonight and we wanted to win this match,” El Shaarawy told Rai Italia at the end of the match. “After losing against Sassuolo in the league, we wanted to win this match, I’m happy. We need more consistency.

“What Inzaghi asks of me? Inzaghi asked me to be the link-up between the defense and the offense. I think I did well. I believe I sacrificed and helped my fellow teammates, I am glad that I could help us win.

“The market rumours? I am confident being in Milan. I know Inzaghi has faith in each and every one of us. I know I can help this team and my goal is to stay with Milan, helping the Azzurri as well. We need more consistency because we have plenty of quality, but we need to be more clinical and focused. We are a great group and we can do great things.

El Shaarawy, Poli and Alex in the warm-up (@acmilan.com)
El Shaarawy, Poli and Alex in the warm-up (@acmilan.com)

“Mario Balotelli? Honestly, I’ve heard very little about him, I’m not really sure how he’s doing.

“My strangest celebration? I’ve never done a strange celebration, I just like to run under the Curva and spread my arms. I don’t do strange celebrations. Totti’s selfie is permissible for a legend like him. He is a champions and he’s a Roma legend, he can celebrate however he wants.”

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Consistency is what he needs to aim for. I hope he gets into top form. My favored attack:

El Shaarawy-Destro/new striker-Menez

Hamid Tavakoli

El shaaraway – Pazzini – Niang


Milan channel said that pazzini will remain and no move for destro. With this managment and weak coach, this team has no future and won’t qualify for the champions league soon.

A goal in a weak team like sassuolo made him remain!

What an awful and cheap managment! Berlusconi should sell the club.


They didn’t say that exactly. And it appears talks are still ongoing for Destro.

Destro is a bit too expensive though, so maybe we really should sign Luiz Adriano if we want to be cheap.


Hahaha. Pazzini is a great player, its the best move to keep him and save the 15 million for the midfield, although you never know with this management… with more playing time and more consistency you, and all the haters and non-believers in Pazzo and the team will eat up your words.


I agree 121 — it feels like Ambrosini all over again with some of these fans. No respect for the true Milanistas in the squad.


Sassuolo is not as “weak” as you say. They are an extremely talented Italian team, not a breeze by any means. You are naive to think so


I too think that Pazzo deserves to remain at Milan. He made a good game last night, not only because of his goal. Good positioning and great control of high balls.

Hamid Tavakoli

Front three in a 4-3-3

El92 – Pazzo – Cerci
Bona – Pazzo – Niang
Menez – Pazzo – Honda

Front 4 in a 4-2-3-1

El92 – Honda – Niang

Menez – Bona – Cerci

Mastour/Saponara (or Suso) to cover all options except ST.
ST covered by Menez.



What is this one saying?


Milan must give el sha the leading role and show menez his place He is the cause of el sha s bad performance Inzaghi needs a flat hand on his backhead from anceloti And give the players some guts mentaly so that they play in a way the opponent doesnt expect I hope van ginkel will get as soon to chelsea So that milan buys a starting eleven midfielder 15 million for destro is a waist we have mbaye niang he is tall strong but phony inzaghi uses him as winger Juve did that to woth henry When he dod… Read more »


Torino has made an official offer for Destro. Is torino more able financialy than us? This management made a lot of money since sold kaka to Real Madrid. Then sold Ibra, thiago, pato and got balo and sold him with the same price. Plus, the old great players with high wages left the club. Then we got only free players with low wages that made the club the 159th according to iffhs. So stop saying we shouldn’t pay 15 million for destro and save it for a midfielder. This management made some fans say its unconvincing justifications. Sampdoria, fiorentina, torino… Read more »


With de sciglio out for a while one can only think we will now pursue a left back over anything else