Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have suffered a massive blow in pursuit of Stephan El Shaarawy after the AC Milan star declared that he is not leaving the club in the summer.
The Italian international, who is contracted to the Serie A outfit till 2018, has been linked with a move to the Premier League giants having endured an agonizing campaign at San Siro.
El Shaarawy's agent recently refused to rule out the 21-year-old's departure from Milan citing the club's intentions to undertake significant changes during the summer.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger are aiming to spend heavily in the upcoming transfer window to enhance their chances of winning the silverware next season. Recently appointed United boss Louis van Gaal too was thought to be considering El Shaarawy to bolster his attack.
The former Genoa player spent most of the 2013/14 season on the sidelines due to a persistent foot injury, restricting him to just seven appearances in all competitions. His lack of appearances also saw him being excluded by Italy manager Cesare Prandeli in his 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup in Brazil next month.
"I don't know about these club questions and I don't know what will happen. I'm just thinking of doing well. My future is Milan and we'll be looking to do as well as we can next season," El Shaarawy told Milan's official website.
"It was unlikely that I'd be going to the World Cup after having played so little. I did all I could and I was a bit unlucky as well. It was good to be back for the last two league games though. When you do well, expectations rise and it's not easy to keep the pace so high. I think I performed well and I felt good," the Milan striker said.
Rodgers is desperate to make one or two world class signings so as to prevent a repeat of the 2013/14 season which saw Liverpool concede the Premier League title to Manchester City in the final stages.
Meanwhile, Arsenal ended their nine-year trophy drought after winning the FA Cup this month. Wenger too is looking to land a talented attacker and has reportedly been lining up moves for long-term target Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad along with Barcelona pair Pedro and Alexis Sanchez.