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El Shaarawy coy on Roma future

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Stephan El Shaarawy remains coy about his future at AS Roma after revealing he has yet to discuss a new contract with the club but confirms he’d like to stay.

El Shaarawy’s contract runs out next year with an extension heavily dependent on Roma’s qualification for the Champions League next season.

Nonetheless, the winger told the pressmen: “We haven’t discussed my contract and I’m not going to do it until the end of the season.

“I want to stay focused on the games coming up. We’re having a good season. Now it must be settled.

“Of course I’d like to stay at Roma. Here I’ve been welcomed in a fantastic way and I feel very good, but we’ll talk about it at the end of the season.”

The 26-year-old is targeting double figures having netted eight goals and provided six assists in 22 appearances for the Giallorossi this term…

“My objective is to reach double figures for goals,” explained the Italy international via Football Italia.

“It’ll be important to maintain this rhythm and find even more continuity. Physically I’m fine. Now I hope to have a great end to the season.

“No more inconsistency? I don’t want to say that, I’m trying to take it one game at a time, but it’s true, I think I have improved in that sense.”

Roma are well placed to seal a spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Porto 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico. The second leg is slated for next week Wednesday.