AC Milan have lost one of their prized assets in the form of Stephan El Shaarawy after the striker has joined French outfit Monaco on a season-long loan deal initially, but it is while expected to be converted into a permanent move next season.
El Shaarawy is widely seen as a replacement for Radamel Falcao at the French club. The Colombian has moved away from Monaco once again on a loan deal, but this time to Chelsea rather than Manchester United.El Shaarawy was seen as the next big thing in world football, but the 22-year-old has struggled to make a great impact in recent years.
This has been down to a combination of injuries and poor form from the rest of his teammates. There is little that even a talented footballer likeEl Shaarawy can do without help from his team. The 22-year-old will now be hoping for a much better time at the French outfit. Monaco to have the advantage of being in the Champions League. Even though the club has suffered significant budget cuts over the last 12 months, they still have a long list of top players like Ricardo Carvalho in their ranks.El Shaarawy thanked the president of Monaco for his role in the transfer.
“It’s a great feeling to sign here in the principality. I’m very happy. I would like to thank the president of AS Monaco for this chance. I hope to have a great season with Monaco and to give pleasure to the fans,” saidEl Shaarawy.”We’re very proud to welcome Stephan El Shaarawy, whose arrival marks a high point in our recruitment strategy. He has several seasons experience at a high level but at the same time represents the future. His talent permitted him to explode into the eyes of the footballing world some time ago,” said vice president Vadim Vasilyev.