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OFFICIAL: Stephan El Shaarawy joins Salah at Roma
Stephan El Shaarawy has completed his loan move to AS Roma, joining from Serie A rivals AC Milan.
The 23-year-old has finalized a six-month loan move to the Giallorossi, and an option-to-buy clause in the contract gives Roma the right to make his stay in the capital permanent.
The striker, who is of Egyptian descent, returned to AC Milan in the winter transfer window after AS Monaco opted against making a purchase.
El Shaarawy scored just three times in 24 appearances for the Ligue 1 side this season, after a four-year stint with AC Milan that yielded 102 appearances, 27 goals and 14 assists.
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Having chosen to represent the Italian national team, he made his Azurri bow in August 2012, and has been since capped 17 times, scoring twice.
Newly-appointed Roma boss Luciano Spalletti thinks very highly of El Shaarawy, and has claimed that he has “technique, quality, pace and can score goals.”
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, ahead of his side’s 1-0 loss to Juventus, Spalletti said, “He lost his way a little, I had the chance to speak to him and he gave me positive signals.
“If he comes here to play the final six months of the season and get back his image and a place in the Italy squad, he has to do well. There isn’t much time. Anyone can have moments where he delivers less than he is capable of in a profession and I think this happened to him too,” he concluded.