El Shaarawy struggled for form when Balotelli arrived at Milan last season.
â€œMario and I are more than just teammates, we are true friends. We are always together and also talked about this. Iâ€™ve never listened to anyone who said my problem was him. In fact, he was one of the people who stayed closest during my difficulties and encouraged me.
â€œThereâ€™s no jealousy between us. I am convinced that I can do well with or without him on the field. I also think itâ€™s normal for a 20-year-old player to not necessarily score every week. Opponents also got to know me and studied me more carefully."