AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has confirmed the club will sign Genoa midfielder Stephan El Shaarawy to a loan deal this season.

The 18-year-old El Shaarawy was loaned to Padova last season and helped the northern club reach a playoff for Serie A, which it lost to Novara.

Galliani says on Milan's website that ''we've acquired him because we think he's ready. He'll definitely stay at Milan for the entire year. El Shaarawy can do extraordinary things.''

El Shaarawy has an Egyptian father but was born in Italy.