Napoli do not need Edinson Cavani to return to the club as he would struggle to fit back into the team, according to president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The Serie A side were linked with the 29-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker after Gonzalo Higuain joined Juventus for €90m.
“It is difficult to bring back a footballer used in the past because Napoli evolves from championship to championship, taking up diverse and different strategies,” De Laurentiis said.
“That’s why I always repeat that we need young players and the new ones who have joined Napoli this year will make their contribution to Napoli’s successes.”
Cavani spent three successful seasons with the Azzurri between 2010 and 2013, helping them finish third, fifth and second in Serie A, before departing for Paris Saint-Germain in a transfer worth a reported €64 million.
“I hold Edinson Cavani in high esteem,” De Laurentiis told Napoli’s official website after it was reported the striker could make a return. “We had a lot of fun during his time in Naples. He scored some beautiful goals, 104 of them! But bringing a player back to Napoli who has been here before is difficult. Not so much because it seems like reheating an old soup, but because Napoli evolve from season to season, assuming different systems and styles of play.
“This is why I always say that we need young players and the new arrivals this summer will already make a major contribution to Napoli’s successes. Talking about our forwards, big players like [Arkadiusz] Milik and [Manolo] Gabbiadini have big chances of becoming superstars with Napoli.
“We are responsible for the future of the team and shouldn’t make transfers just for the effect it would have. We do not need to enchant anybody. Fans are fans for the faith they have [in the club] and not for the footballers we choose.”