Newcastle United have announced the first signing of the January transfer window (it’s now January 23rd – but better late than never), and it’s the arrival of Chelsea player Kenedy on loan for the rest of the season.
Kenedy joined Chelsea back in 2015 from Fluminense, and the left-sided player has played 27 times for Chelsea with 3 goals and Rafa has been after him since last summer.
Kenedy – at the Benton Training grounds today
This is what the 21-year-old has said about signing on at Newcastle:
“I’m so happy with this opportunity at Newcastle. They’ve opened the door to me to come here, show my potential and come and play for Newcastle.”
“It’s a traditional club and Rafa Benítez is a fantastic, amazing coach.”
“Christian Atsu, as well – we trained together at Chelsea and know each other, and he said good things about the club.”
“So it was easy to take this decision.”
Rafa Benitez had this to say about the loan acquisition of the Brazilian:
“Kenedy is a player that we have been following since the summer.”
“The reason we are interested is that he can play in several positions – as a winger, a wing-back and also as an offensive left full-back, so he gives the team many options.”
“He has a great left foot and good energy. He is still a young player but he has some experience already in the Premier League and that will help with his adaptation.”
“We welcome him to Newcastle United.”
It’s great to be able to welcome Kenedy to Newcastle – and he now has over a week to prepare for the game at home to Burnley when he is likely to make his debut.
He is cup-tied and cannot play against Chelsea on Sunday.