AC Milan insist Stephan El Shaarawy will stay at the club this summer

AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy looks up after missing a chance during his side's match against Barcelona on February 20, 2013
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AC Milan issue a statement on their official website insisting that striker Stephan El Shaarawy will not be sold this summer.

AC Milan have issued a statement declaring that striker Stephan El Shaarawy will not be leaving the club this summer.

The 20-year-old has been linked with an exit from the San Siro, with clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City reported to have an interest in the Italy international.

A statement on the club's official website said: "There has been a meeting between [Milan vice president] Adriano Galliani, Stephan El Shaarawy and the young star's entourage.

"Everything went well. Stephan has always been an AC Milan fan and has reiterated his determination to continue playing for the Rossoneri.

"That pledge was reciprocated by Milan, with conviction. Milan and El Shaarawy will move forward together, as they have since 2011. No more talk of the transfer market, no more rumours. AC Milan, the Rossoneri colours and the 'Faraone' will absolutely continue on together."

El Shaarawy scored 18 goals for Milan last season.

Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy celebrates a goal against Juventus in the Italian Cup on January 9, 2013
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