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PSG's inability to secure Dimitri Payet from Saint-Etienne should be taken as a boost for the youth at the club, the presdient has said.

The winter transfer window was a difficult period for Paris Saint-Germain off the field, though president Robin Leproux remains upbeat about his squad’s status going into the final months of the season.

Stephane Sessegnon was lost to Sunderland against the wishes of coach Antoine Kombouare, and PSG were unable to pull in a replacement, with Dimitri Payet’s move from Saint-Etienne ultimately snubbed.

“For 18 months, I have kept saying that the PSG cannot afford to make mistakes of excitement in the winter transfer window,” Leproux explained in Le Parisien. “Besides the fans, the club's other priority is the development of our training centre. We thought that if Payet did not come, it would be a strong sign for the young players who have recently joined the squad.

“They will be protected, because the group is healthy and the team currently second in the championship. I'm very excited to see them play pro.

“You won’t tell me we're going to lose games because we sold Sessegnon, who hardly played.”

Les Rouge et Bleu lie four points behind Ligue 1 leaders Lille, though they face a difficult trip to Stade Rennais on Saturday night.

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