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The Italy Under-21 starlet continues to believe the Serie A giants have enough stars left in their ranks, but urges his team-mates to play collectively next season

Stephan El Shaarawy is adamant AC Milan still boast a strong squad, despite the departures of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the summer.

The promising youngster expects the likes of "champion" trio Alexandre Pato, Antonio Cassano and Robinho to come to the fore next season, but claims the San Siro side must function as a team if they are to enjoy success.

"Thiago Silva and Ibra are two outstanding players who led us to great things. Without them the team lose something, but new players have come in and are doing well. We have champions like Pato, Cassano and Robinho, who can give this team a lot," El Shaarawy said to Milan Channel.

"And I think other new faces will arrive who will make their contribution. Whatever happens, the team is compact and that is fundamental.

"We must remain united, play as a team, like we did at Udine last February, when we had been written off by everybody but the strength of the group shone through."

AC Milan kick off the 2012-13 campaign with a home match against Sampdoria on August 25.