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Rafa Benitez gives Kenedy a special welcome back via his own personal website

9 months ago
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Rafa Benitez has welcomed Kenedy back to St James Park.

Newcastle United officially confirmed on Thursday morning that the winger has agreed another season on loan.

The 22 year old now training with the rest of the squad in Ireland.

Via his own personal website Rafa Benitez has given a special welcome, declaring at the end of it: “Welcome again Keny.​ COME ON TOONS!!!”

Rafa Benitez via his own personal website:

“I’m sure every single Newcastle United FC fan will agree with me that we are really pleased to see you back.

“A few months ago I was explaining to some of our fans why we thought you were a good signing for our team, nearly two months after the end of the last season we don’t need to explain anything.

“They really enjoyed your football last season, so, just to say we wish you all the best for you this season that it will be good news for us at the same time.

“Hopefully you will be ready for the new challenge just keep working as hard as the last season and your future will be bright.

“Welcome again Keny.​ COME ON TOONS!!!”

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The Mag – Earlier Today (Thursday 12 July 2018):

Kenedy has been confirmed on Thursday morning as a Newcastle player once again.

He will be a Newcastle United player for the entire 2018/19 season.

However, no mention at all of a buying clause or option.

The winger is now with the rest of the Newcastle squad training in Ireland.

The team have their first friendly on Tuesday against St Patrick’s Athletic.

Official Newcastle United announcement:

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Kenedy on loan from Chelsea.

The Brazilian winger – who enjoyed a successful spell on loan at St. James’ Park last term – returns to the club until the end of the 2018/19 season.

Kenedy is well-known to United supporters, having spent half of the 2017/18 season on Tyneside as Newcastle secured a top-ten finish under manager Rafa Benítez.

He joined on loan in January, playing 13 times, scoring twice and winning the FUN88 player of the month award for March.

The former Brazil Under-23 international becomes Newcastle’s third addition of the summer, following the permanent acquisitions of Martin Dúbravka and Ki Sung-yueng.

He has joined up with the rest of the Magpies squad at the club’s pre-season camp in Ireland and will train this morning.

“I am so happy with this interest from Rafa Benítez, that he came back for me,” said Kenedy. “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 made me feel appreciated, so I wanted to come here in this new season and give everything on the pitch.”

Manager Benítez added:

“I’m really pleased to have Kenedy back with us. I’m sure every fan will be happy with this signing.

“Hopefully he can keep playing at the same level that he reached with us last season. I wish him all the best for his time here.”

Twenty-two-year-old Kenedy began his career in his homeland with Fluminense, where he made 31 appearances and scored twice before making a move to Stamford Bridge in August 2015.

He has featured 27 times in all for the Blues, netting three times, while he also spent time on loan at fellow Premier League side Watford in 2016.

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