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Rafa Benitez reveals waiting on Chelsea for Kenedy

3 years ago
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Once Newcastle United play Tottenham next Wednesday, little doubt that from that point Newcastle’s attacking options will take a dive.

Kenedy has been a breath of fresh air but will sit out the final game of the season, as Newcastle fans wonder whether they will see him again.

No doubt Kenedy will be sitting in amongst the fans in 11 days time as his loan side take on Chelsea, wondering where he will be playing football [if anywhere…] next season.

Having only started five Premier League games for Chelsea in three years, will the Brazilian now get a chance?

Rafa Benitez says he is waiting to see what Chelsea’s intentions are before making any move.

Having played only 75 minutes of PL football under Antonio Conte in the manager’s two year spell at the club, very difficult to see him having a change of heart.

Whilst even if a new boss comes in as expected, very difficult to see the left sided player getting a chance then either, especially as the first thing a new manager will want is to spend some money himself.

Even though Rafa talks of many another loan, maybe the best hope of retaining Kenedy is if Chelsea want to top up transfer funds for a new manager and Newcastle are willing to make a realistic bid, likely to be at least in the £15m to £2om bracket.

Reality for Newcastle is that before Kenedy’s arrival they had not one player who could run at the opposition and take on his man, so back to square one on that front immediately, if Kenedy ends up not being signed up.

Rafa Benitez talking to the Chronicle:

“It is too early [to know what is happening with Kenedy] because Chelsea need to decide what they do in terms of a squad.

“When they decide what that is, we will know.

“I am sure Kenedy is a player that they will consider.

“But they have so many good players they may see him as an option for the boy to go on loan for another year.

“Where could a good place for him be? Newcastle.

“And for sure that could be a good chance for him and us.

“It was Kenedy’s last game at home [against West Brom] and he has been doing well for us.

“He is a player that is happy and has been able to give us the pieces of quality that we were looking for.”

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