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El Shaarawy makes ‘Roma’ return from Shanghai Shenhua – Coach

However, uncertainty remains on the future of Roma captain Edin Dzeko amid a fall-out with Fonseca, just two days before the transfer window shuts.

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Italy international Stephan El Shaarawy is finalising his return to Serie A club Roma after leaving Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, coach Paulo Fonseca confirmed on Saturday.

The 28-year-old forward left Rome in July 2019 for the Chinese side for a reported 16 million euros ($19.5 million). He scored four goals in 14 matches for the club.

“El Shaarawy is a player who knows Italian football well which is important,” said Fonseca of the former AC Milan and Genoa player who has 28 caps for Italy.

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“He’ll be able to help us immediately and I think he has useful features for us.

“He wanted to return to Roma and this is very important for a coach,” added Fonseca of the player who scored 40 goals for the club between 2016 and 2019.

However, uncertainty remains on the future of Roma captain Edin Dzeko amid a fall-out with Fonseca, just two days before the transfer window shuts.

“I understand the curiosity, but it’s a topic I don’t want to talk about now. Let’s see next week,” added Fonseca, before third-placed Roma’s league match against Hellas Verona on Sunday.

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Dzeko reportedly clashed with Fonseca after the team’s chaotic 4-3 Italian Cup exit to Spezia.

The capital side finished the game with nine men and were later handed a 3-0 defeat for making six substitutions instead of the five allowed.

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