El Shaarawy not in Monaco plans

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has announced that on-loan AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy will be leaving the Ligue 1 club during the January transfer window.

The Italy international linked up with the Principality outfit in July on a season-long loan, but has only started seven league games for Leonardo Jardim's side, with another eight off the bench.

El Shaarawy has found the back of the net just three times in 24 appearances during the first half of the campaign, and Vasilyev has revealed that the 23-year-old no longer features in Jardim's future plans.

"El Shaarawy is not any more in the project of the head coach of Monaco," he said in an interview on the club's DailyMotion page. "We are currently negotiating to find a solution. Maybe it's not a comeback in Milan. It could be elsewhere.

"We are not planning to make him play again. That's not planned. He's a great player with a lot of qualities. He's an international player with Italy. We need to find the right solution for everyone. I hope we will.

"We are discussing with Milan, his agent and other clubs in order to find something. I would like for Stephan that he keeps playing in order to be at the Euro because I know that the [Italy] coach, [Antonio] Conte, is thinking of him. I would like to find the right solution for him."

The Genoa youth product is not expected to return to the San Siro, however, with Milan CEO Adriano Galliani confirming they are negotiating with Serie A rivals Roma to take him on loan for the next six months.

"There are negotiations with Roma for El Shaarawy," Galliani told Mediaset Premium. "If we were to reach an agreement with Roma, we'd have to sit around a table to find a solution."

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