Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery admitted he wanted to sign another striker to provide competition for Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani, but it would have “complicated things”.
Emery revealed the Parisians ultimately chose not to buy another star talisman, after the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic because they believed it would have a detrimental effect to Cavani’s confidence.
The ex-Napoli star has cut a maligned figure in recent times, looking a shadow of his former self, particularly when on international duty.
However, speaking to RMC Radio, Emery entrusted his faith in the 29-year-old to be the club’s number nine moving forward.
“It is vital to give Cavani confidence, Signing a big name to compete with him would have complicated things,” Emery said.
“Jese can play in attack, he is versatile and [Jean-Kevin] Augustin is young and ready to grow.
“I have no doubts about Cavani … Cavani is rushing things a bit and I have told him to relax.
“Twenty-nine is a good age for a striker and I have asked him to create chances. He has done that and the goals will follow.”
Emery, who moved to the French capital after claiming three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla, was also quizzed about rumours linking Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann with the side.
“Since I arrived here, lots of big names have been thrown around,” Emery continued.
“The most important are the players who are here though.”
Emery was also pleased midfielder Blaise Matuidi remained in Paris, as he was on the verge of joining Juventus in the final days of the summer transfer window.