Last Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:03
AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy has confirmed that he turned down the opportunity to join Manchester City in the summer.
The highly-rated 20-year-old Italy international has spoken out following the closure of the transfer window seven days ago and he revealed that both City and Spanish giants Real Madrid were interested in trying to sign him.
However, El Shaarawy, who has scored 19 goals for Milan after joining from from Padova in 2011, signed a five-year contract extension to keep him at the San Siro until 2018.
He told FourFourTwo: "I was very happy that Manchester City and Real Madrid wanted to sign me but I want to stay where I am.
"I am a Milan fan and Milan is my home. This is a big club that aims very high and I feel like I am a part of it now."
City boss Manuel Pellegrini has since bolstered his attacking options by bringing in Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo for £20million and Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic for £23million, while El Shaarawy is now looking to build up a good partnership with former City striker Mario Balotelli in Milan.
He added: "I actually think he makes me better. We play well together, we pass the ball to each other - we have great chemistry."
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