Stephan’s move to Ligue 1 was made official on Monday as the striker looks to bounce back from his last two disappointing seasons with Milan.
The move was virtually done on Friday evening but today Stephan El Shaarawy was in Monte Carlo to successfully undergo the medical check-ups before signing a contract with the French club.
“A.C Milan announces that Stephan El Shaarawy has moved to AS Monaco on a loan deal with the French club obliged to buy further down the line,” a statement on Milan’s website read on Monday.
The entire operation would cost Monaco €17-18 million (depending on the source reporting it) and their obligation to buy Stephan ‘down the line’ will reportedly in fact be an obligation after the player has played 15 matches with the Les Rouges et Blancs.
“At this moment it really is difficult for me to find the words to describe my state of mind,” El Shaarawy wrote on his Instagram account, uploading a picture of himself in a Milan kit.
“It all happened very quickly and in 24 hours I found myself having to make a decision that I am certain can be the best for me and for my career. I don’t need to underline how disappointed I am to leave a club like Milan and its fans. Other than the fact I’ve been tied to these colours since I was little, it’s difficult to leave a club that has always supported and had confidence in me, even in the worst moments.
“However, I think the moment has come for me to change direction and take on a new challenge with grit and the utmost enthusiasm. I’m sorry, too, that I was unable to give my total contribution due to injuries over the last two seasons… but I always honoured and respected this jersey, from the first day to the last.
“These four years have given me so much, helped me to grow, enriched me as a player and a man. I thank Milan, all staff and all my teammates over these seasons. We had many victories, as many defeats, but always alongside great people. I will hold on to every teaching and every piece of advice I was given.
“And finally I must thank you, the fans, last but not least… in fact, unique and special… Thank you for the affection you’ve always shown in every occasion, above all in the negative periods. And thank you for the wonderful words and message that even today, despite the fact I have changed shirt, you continue to send me. I will carry them in my heart forever. Truly thank you to everyone.
“Au revoir, Stephan El Shaarawy,” concluded the striker, who will be wearing the #22 jersey number.
Through Milan’s website, Adriano Galliani sent a message to El Shaarawy, telling him that “Milan would like to thank you for the dedication and hard work you have always shown with the red and black shirt and for the goals and talent you have shown in these four years together. We all wish you the very best for the rest of your career as a footballer, both at club level and also with the shirt of Italy.
“Ciao Stephan, all the luck in the world.” A few Milan players (and many fans) sent tweets to El Shaarawy, who will be turning 23 in October, wishing him good luck in his next challenge in France.