AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy admits he grew up idolising Real Madrid midfielder Kaka.

Milan have been attempting to sign Kaka this month.

"My idol growing up was Kaka," El Shaarawy told Forza Milan magazine. "No doubt about it. The game I remember the most as a youngster was the Champions League final against Juventus in 2003.

"That is a memory that gives me the greatest pleasure.

"As a player though, the game I will remember with the greatest fondness was when I scored my first goal against Udinese.

"I've been a Rossoneri fan since I was a child. They've always been my favourite club."