The Pharaoh returns to Roma after a short expedition to China

The Pharaoh returns to Roma after a short expedition to China

Having moved to China during his athletic prime in 2019, few had hopes for Stephan El Shaarawy to come back to European football. Yet, more and more players are doing that - going to China before returning to the Old Continent quickly. After his short-term contract with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua expired, he returned to the club he left - Roma.

He signed a two and half year contract as a free player and will get €3,500,000 per year.

"I am fit and happy to be back," the 28-year-old told reporters upon his arrival at the medical.

El Shaarawy is the first signing of Roma's new general manager Tiago Pinto. The club noted that El Shaarawy’s desire to return to Olimpico was crucial in making the deal happen.

"When I arrived in Rome the first time I realised how little time it takes for this club and this city to make a deep impression on you. When I left I quickly realised that both would always be in my heart. Now I cannot wait to be once again representing this club and these colours," stated the versatile forward.

El Shaarawy returns to the club exactly five years to the day since his first goal for the club - on his debut against Frosinone at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Pharaoh, known like that because of his Egyptian father, is still trying to find the form of the 2012/2013 season with Milan when he had 16 league goals and five assists in 37 matches.

In his first stint at Roma, he scored 40 goals and made 26 assists in 139 matches, translating to a goal involvement every 132 minutes. For Milan, he scored 27 times and made 14 assists in 102 games. The 28-year-old also played for Italy's national team, making 28 appearances and scoring six times.


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