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Stephan El Shaarawy 'Flattered' By Manchester City Interest

10/06/2013 11:41 BST | Updated 10/06/2013 11:44 BST
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AC Milan's forward Stephan El Shaarawy controls the ball during the serie A match between Juventus and AC Milan, on April 21, 2013 in Turin, at the Alps stadium. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Stephan El Shaarawy says he is flattered by reports linking him to Manchester City but insists he is committed to AC Milan.

Media reports have linked the Citizens with a summer approach for the 20-year-old Italy international, who scored 18 goals in all competitions for the Rossoneri in the 2012-13 season.

February saw El Shaarawy sign a contract extension tying him to the San Siro outfit until 2018 and he cannot imagine leaving Italy in the near future.

When asked about potential interest from City, he told La Repubblica: "I've not thought about it, I really don't think I'll leave Milan.

"If it's true that City want me then that's flattering, but I'm really happy at this big club and feel a connection to the place."

City are reported to have prepared a swap deal involving Argentinian striker Carlos Tévez for the left-footed forward, who joined Milan from Genoa in 2011.

Tévez's contract expires in 2014 and City are keen to recoup some of the £47 million fee they paid for the 29-year-old in 2009.