The latest signing for the Serie A champions admits that he has been likened to the Brazilian playmaker and believes he has a similar dribbling style to the Real Madrid manAC Milan's new signing Stephan El Shaarawy has done nothing to play down any comparisons with former Rossoneri great Kaka. Much is expected of the 18-year old, despite the fact that he made only a handful of appearances for his former club Genoa.
"Do I resemble Kaka? Many people have told me that. (Adriano) Galliani also expressed his hope that I will become like him," he told Corriere dello Sport.
"Would I like to play with him? Maybe it would be better not to as he could take my place in the team."
El Shaarawy went on to describe his attributes as a player and admitted that while he may have the potential, he is still very much at the beginning of his career: "I think I have the same technical characteristics as Kaka, especially with regard to my dribbling."
"I may not have the experience but I have great desire and a lot of courage. As for my role in the team, I can play both as a playmaker and a second striker, just like Kaka."
The precocious youngster, who is of Egyptian origin but represents Italy at under-19 level, is looking forward to meeting Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri and putting on the Milan shirt, emblazoned with his chosen number 92, after the year of his birth.