El Shaarawy intends to “become a champion” with the Rossoneri.
AC Milan starlet Stephan El Shaarawy has confirmed that he rejected an offer from a Russian club last summer as he has no desire to leave the Serie A giants.
The 21-year-old has been plagued by injuries so far this season, and is currently sidelined after undergoing foot surgery which will likely keep him out for around another month.
However, in an interview with Corriere dello Sport, he has revealed that he rejected a substantial offer from a Russian club last summer, as transfer speculation intensified that he would be leaving the Rossoneri.
Nevertheless, as he has stated previously, he has no intention of leaving the club he joined over two years ago, and intends on returning from injury to become an integral part of Clarence Seedorf’s team.
“It’s been a difficult few months, what with the injury and the coaching change,” he said, according to Football Italia.
“I’ve never felt excluded from this project, even when I was at my lowest with injury. There has been an offer from a Russian team, but I decided to stay at Milan because that’s what I want.
“It’s my intention to become a champion here.”
With Seedorf introducing a 4-2-3-1 system since his appointment last month, experts have insisted that El Shaarawy is almost perfect for the formation when he returns to action.
The Italian international flourished on the left wing in his most successful spell with the club at the start of last season, while his tireless defensive work would also make him a favourite with the Dutch tactician.
Despite competition for places increasing following the arrivals of Kaka, Keisuke Honda and Adel Taarabt, El Shaarawy is confident that he made the right decision by staying in Milan, and he is now eager to remind the supporters of his talent despite the World Cup perhaps coming too soon for him to make an impact and grab Cesare Prandelli’s attention.