Changed 04 May 2020, 03:58 IST
Stefan L. Sharaui has confirmed that he is close to returning to Rome in January for a place in Italy’s squad for the 2020 Euros.
Roma were heavily involved in the return of El Sharawi, who left Shanghai Shenhua last year, but no action was taken.
The 25-time Italian international has said he is ready to return to interest in two Serie A clubs, including Roma.
“I was likely to return to Italy on Sunday,” El Sharaui told Fabio Cannavaro during an Instagram live chat via courier Dello Sport on Sunday.
“When the virus spread I talked to the club that I would have to play to get a place in the European Championships.
“There was already a great consideration [Italy coach Roberto] I was ready to return to play regularly even after Monchini left my China, but nothing was done then.
“There were contacts with two groups. One was Roma.”
The coronavirus epidemic saw the European Championships return in 2021.
El Sharaui qualified for the tournament in two qualifiers, scoring once.