Stephan El Shaarawy’s place in the Italy World Cup squad is under threat due to consistent injuries and a lack of playing time at AC Milan, and as such has been linked with a move away from the Serie A giants.
However, El Shaarawy has spoken out about his future, stating that he opted not to leave San Siro for a move elsewhere in the summer.
“I had a big offer from Russia but I wanted to stay because I want to go big with this team,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“I have never felt excluded from the project. I have a great desire to return to play and do well.
“There was so much anger and pain because I had never before been out for so long. But do not think I’m gone.
“They were difficult months because I was out for a while, but now I’m recovering well and the foot is always getting better.”
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