After Rafa Benitez signed 22-year-old Brazilian Kenedy on loan in January and brought out the very best from the left winger a number of big clubs seem to be interested in signing him this summer if Chelsea make him available.
Last summer and in January Rafa Benitez tried hard to have a clause inserted in the loan contract that we could sign him permanently this summer, but Chelsea would have none of it.
Kenedy has given Newcastle a new threat down the left wing and fans have seen just how good this youngster is; he’s playing so well in a Newcastle shirt.
Kenedy also seems to like it at Newcastle but now clubs such as Tottenham, PSG, and Bayern Munich have become interested and he may want to join a bigger club to get European football.
Kenedy and Rafa Benitez after winger scored a brace against the Saints
And with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte almost certain to leave the Blues this summer, it could also depend on who the new Chelsea manager is.
Rafa has done a great job of man-management with the youngster and once Kenedy arrived at Newcastle he’s played very well from his very first game and put in 100% effort every single game.
Things could have been a lot different if we had got the lad in on loan last summer but we’ll never know.
He would be perfect for Newcastle and the best chance we have of getting him is Rafa Benitez and Kenedy says Rafa has been like a father to him.
If he stays at Newcastle with Rafa then he knows he will get lots of games with the Magpies and Rafa could well turn him into a world-class player.
Kenedy hardly got a look in at Chelsea – he made 7 appearances over the last two seasons for them – and maybe he will not want to join clubs like PSG and Bayern Munich in case the same thing happens again.
His past experience of playing so few games and having Rafa coach him are the two things that are in Newcastle’s favor, but it still could be difficult to sign the youngster.
If we are successful then Kenedy will be a fantastic signing for us.
And the way Rafa has coached him to become a better player so quickly, it will only be good for Newcastle who may want to sign other top youngsters on loan next season.
In the 8 games Kenedy has started for Newcastle (more than he’s played at Chelsea for tseasonssns) he has 2 goals and 2 assists; we have also picked up a good 15 points with 4 wins, 3 draws and a single defeat at Liverpool.
What do you think?