Full transcript of Kenedy interview as he explains why he returned to Newcastle United
Kenedy has been speaking about his return to St James Park.
The winger transformed Newcastle as an attacking unit in the final four months of last season.
Scoring twice and getting two assists in 13 games was a decent return but more than that, at last the Magpies had a player once again who was prepared to run at the opposition.
Having that threat/outlet, undoubtedly helped the whole team play better football and get the results that brought Premier League safety with still over a month of the season to go.
The likes of Diame and Shelvey in particular looked much better players with Kenedy in the side.
After being confirmed on a new one year loan on Thursday morning, the Brazilian has been explaining why he was so keen to come back to NUFC.
By the sounds of it, this transfer was agreed in principle far earlier this summer, judging by what Kenedy has to say here.
Kenedy speaking to NUFC TV:
“I’m so happy to come back to my second home.
“When the club showed an interest in me again and the call came, as the Brazilian expression goes: ‘O bom filho a casa torna’…’The good son will always come home.’
“Everyone likes the movie (Goal) and because there is the connection with Newcastle, I was asked about that a lot. But it’s a beautiful history and now I know already more about the club. I’m more familiar with it and I have been learning more about it during the close season.
“I got through difficulties in Brazil (when I was younger), fighting for my position and my place and today I’m so happy.
“But I’m still young (22) and expect to achieve many more things in my career.
“Newcastle is a club I identified with quickly. Everyone treated me well and I feel so good.
“It feels like family, it feels like home, so that’s why I say it feels like my second home.
“I am so happy with this interest from Rafa Benítez, that he came back for me.
“I want to keep it going, the work that I did here before, for the new season.
“I have received many, many messages on social media from the fans.
“They were saying ‘come back, come back.’
“They made me feel appreciated and I was so glad to hear that and feel the love and passion from the fans towards me.
“So I aim to come here in this new season and give everything on the pitch and keep the work going from the season before.
“It’s better now because I have time to do a pre-season. I can work hard, and like last season, we have a good group.
“The guys are together and fight for the results but now I have more time to prepare with them and know them better.
“I expect to do a very good season, I will give everything.
“It’s a new challenge, a new season, a new opportunity.
“I am so motivated to make it like last season.
“The Premier League is a big competition and it’s a new beginning for me at the club.”
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