Monaco trigger El Shaarawy clause

AS Monaco are set to make Stephan El Shaarawy's loan deal from AC Milan permanent after triggering a clause in the Italian forwards contract.

The 22-year-old joined the Ligue 1 club on an initial season-long loan, which included a clause that would make the deal permanent once the Italy international made 15 appearances for his new club.

And El Shaarawy played his 15th game for the club in the Europa League win over Qarabag on Thursday evening, activating the clause.

Milan are now set to receive 15m euros at the end of the campaign and for his part, El Shaarawy has found happiness at Milan.

"I have found serenity at Monaco. The team hasn't started very well, but I have been playing regularly and I am happy," El Shaarawy was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

The forward scored 27 goals in 101 appearances in the four seasons he spent in the Italian capital.