El Shaarawy has been one of the few bright points for Milan this season.
"El Shaarawy has talent," Abbiati told Milan Channel. "He also has time on his side as he is still very young.
"He had a great game against Cagliari, but he still has a lot of improvements to make though as he has to grow.
"This is a point of departure for him and not a point of arrival "