Manchester City miss out on highly-rated Italian international

AC Milan's young winger will stay at Giuseppe Meazza despite falling out of favour…

Manchester City's pursuit of top 20-year-old attacker Stephan El Shaarawy has been short-lived as the AC Milan winger has pledged his loyalty to the San Siro side, before confessing his delight at being able to link up with new recruit Kaka, after the Brazilian secured his return to Giuseppe Meazza following a four year sojourn at Real Madrid.

Left sided forward El Shaarawy is one of the most exciting Serie A products. He hugs the left flank, cuts inside, possesses canny dribbling ability, is an able crosser of the ball, is potent on the counter and has a tremendous goal-scoring record (24 in 77 appearances in all competitions whilst with Milan).

When his future was in question, having fallen out of favour due to underwhelming performances at the tail-end of last season and getting benched by coach Massimiliano Allegi in the club's recent 3-1 win over Cagliari, there was speculation that the player may be leaving the city, and even the country, with City looking to bring the talent to Eastlands.

'I’ve decided to stay at Milan,' El Shaarawy explained to Sport Mediaset, quashing the rumours before they escalated. 'I have made a precise decision and, no matter what offer arrives, I want to stay at Milan.'

Allegri has maintained that there is no El Shaarawy problem and that, to accomodate Riccardo Montolivo as a trequartista and Mario Balotelli as a striker, El Shaarawy could even adapt to a second striker position.

'I don’t question the decisions of the Coach,' El Shaarawy said, before beaming when questioned about the arrival of Kaka: 'He is my idol!'

Manchester City have already signed Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo, Steven Jovetic and Martin Demichelis. The likelihood of Manuel Pellegrini added to his playing roster remains slim, yet Gareth Barry may transfer away from the club.

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