By Paolo Camedda
The agent of Stephan El Shaarawy insists that his client is happy at AC Milan but warned that the midfielder's future at San Siro remains uncertain.
Big things are expected of the 19-year-old but he has made just six appearances for the Rossoneri this season. As a result, El Shaarawy has been linked with a move away from the Giuseppe Meazza, with Genoa president Enrico Preziosi revealing this week that he was offered the teenager as part of a swap deal involving Alexander Merkel.
El Shaarawy’s agent insists that his client is remaining calm about his current situation but that a move in January cannot be discounted.
"Thre is a question mark over the future of Stephan at this moment,” Roberto La Florio told Goal.com.
“It is true: just now I was on the phone with Preziosi. I established that he spoke of Stephan with Milan. But we know nothing at the moment; we will be advised by the club [Milan].
“The boy is fine at Milan and knows that he must always give the best to carve out a space for himself [in the squad].”
La Florio, though, argued that it is becoming increasingly difficult for up-and-coming players to break into Serie A sides and hinted that a move to the Premier League might be the answer for El Shaarawy.
“In Italy the coaches are struggling to give more space to young people, especially in big clubs,” he said. “We should instead follow the example of the English teams: If Stephan was playing in England he would surely play as a starter.
“What I can say is that there will be a discussion with the club in the coming weeks and then we will see. We will make the best choice for Stephan and the Rossoneri.
“It is clear that if they offered him the opportunity to play an important role in a mid-level side in Serie A, that would be a hypothesis not to be discarded lightly."
El Shaarawy began his career at Genoa, where he made his Serie A debut at just 16, before joining Milan after a successful loan spell at Padova.