Benitez Expresses Hope He Can Sign Kenedy – Will Start Negotiations


The big question with Newcastle fans at the moment is whether we can sign Kenedy permanently in the summer, following his loan move.

That’s if Chelsea decide to sell – they could just keep him at Stamford Bridge but he would struggle to get games next season in London.

Rafa has talked today in the Chronicle about the negotiations he has had with Chelsea last summer and in January to get the lad to Newcastle.

The manager wanted to sign him permanently, but Chelsea wouldn’t sell and it would have to be a loan move.

But that didn’t come about until January and since he joined Newcastle the rest is history and Kenedy has been outstanding for us.

Kenedy – in action against Southampton

He has started eight games and Rafa says he’s happy at Newcastle and enjoying his football.

This is what Rafa has said about the 22-year-old talented Brazilian enjoying life at Newcastle:

“Yes I think it gives us an advantage but it depends on the teams interested in him.”

“He is happy here. He is enjoying his football, and today he was joking with the Spanish players because Portuguese and Spanish can understand each other.”

“Here, he is a key player for us. I think always foreign players it is important to be in a good environment.”

“He has the level to play in a top team, yes. But he is in a top side already!”

“We were in London. We had a meeting there,”

“We tried to sign the player and they said no it is a loan now.”

“Chelsea had a lot of confidence in the lad. When we tried to bring him in the summer we couldn’t. “

“The lad wanted to play, but he was in a top side. He was OK. We pushed and it was impossible.”

“We were ready in January. I was worried because it was taking too long. We had to be sure we could do it.”

“We did as much as we could but it was impossible so in January we tried to do a deal as soon as possible.”

“It was taking too long, and then we had to be on the phone all the time to make sure with a lot of people that the deal could be done.”

“Yes (we are worried his value has gone up) but if you say do you want him to score goals and the value will go up – then yes I want him to score goals.”

“That is it, football is like this. If you have a good player the value goes higher.”

“We tried to get first refusal but we couldn’t.

“The main thing is for us to get points and then after to think about players and positions.”

“I will not put him in this position now (about joining Newcastle).”

“I have read some of his interviews or whatever. It is just to talk with him and not put him under pressure.”

“If we get to 40 points we can think about this.”

Rafa will be on the phone to Chelsea tomorrow if we are able to beat Arsenal at home and get to 41 points.

It seems an outside chance that we can sign Kenedy, but it would also be a coup if we can do it.

And that would point to better things ahead for Newcastle United.

Kenedy under the guidance of Rafa Benitez can become a world-class player and the youngster should know that.

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59 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Jail mate
    sorry pal
    I should have said
    “clearly to those who know anything about footy”
    sorry buddy

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #2

    RIP Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus)

    0
  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail yes you where right he has turned it around to a team that fights for each other now so when I get home I will renew my ticket as long as fat twat does nowt daft to spoil the good times ahead, I really think arsenal will find it hard tomorrow.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    RUNAWAY777,
    If it was down to you and a few others he wouldn’t have been here to turn it round and we’d have someone like Nigel Pearson scrapping with Stoke and Soton.

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Jiblets,
    Wrong (again) I’m not your mate.

    2
  • Sliema

    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyone think we may actually sign Kenedy?

    It would be the perfect move for him and us.

    I just don’t (ever) want to get my hopes built up for any decent signing at our club. We had better act fast as he will be out of our price range soon if he isnt already.

    4
  • AncientC

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #7

    In a scenario (God forbid) that Lascelles wanted to move on for European football etc, I would prefer to see him go to Chelsea over any other club. Benitez seems to be building up a good relationship with Chelsea, and if selling Lascelles to Chelsea were to lead to Newcastle getting first dibs on loan signings from Chelsea that could potentially be made permanent, then that would have to be the most beneficial route for Newcastle to go.

    It will not be long until Chelsea pass up on the next Salah, De Bruyne, or Lukaku. I would like Newcastle to be at the head of that queue.

    4
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Not a perfect move for him. He is capable of playing for a senior side. We are an emerging side.

    0
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Aww Jail be my mate buddy plllleeeeaaaasssseee

    1
  • Sliema

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib

    He’s not your buddy, friend!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Sliema,
    A lot depends on whether the fat man plays silly buggers in the summer or not.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Jiblets,
    Nope!

    5
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Couple of great pundits for the first PL game
    on Sky
    The serial under achiever Matt Le Tissier
    and the smirking dwarf Denis Wise

    1
  • Sliema

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Nicky

    Hmm, I think there is a middle ground that we and most others are probably in. It wouldn’t matter where he went from Leicester City down I’d agree, he is good enough to start and be successful for us and the rest, not for the top 6 though. Not yet.

    1
  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail

    How’s things mate.

    1
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16

    I think the loan was a good move for him, and then a return to Chelsea to be part of their 1st team rotation. Failing that maybe us, but he’d be of interest to more successful sides than we are at the moment. AC Milan, Spurs, Sevilla, etc, a long list. It’ll be a real coup for us should we get him.

    3
  • ben.g

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #17

    I think we have a chance of signing Kennedy. It sounds like him and Rafa have a good relationship. If Kennedy asks Chelsea nicely for a move here. Then it’s down to transfer fee.

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail
    Don’t be so rude and ignorant
    Say hi to your mate Welshie

    0
  • hibbit

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #19

    ben.g

    it will always be down to the fee with Ashley in control

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Very good Welshie, me auld Dutch plate.

    1
  • lesh

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail

    Go easy on Jiblets, he’s not a well bunny.

    He had a busy day at the keyboards yesterday trying to manage being Jib, Jane and possibly OnlineGuy – though I do have my doubts about him posting as OLG as OLG seems able to draw more from Google and the like than Jib. Could OLG be a pretender to Jib’s crown as Googlemeister?

    Add to his pressure a pretender to his crown as the blog’s very own Google übermeister, a few cans of Special Brew and a mug or three of Thunderbird and clarity of thought’s gone out of the window.

    C’mon Jail, be humane and have a little sympathy and give him a bit skinch.

    3
  • davetoon

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #22

    On another note I hope Stoke and Southampton keep losing and Hudders and Brighton stay up with us. Would be the first time in a long time all 3 promoted sides stayed up and would make our trophy last year all the more special

    3
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #23

    You see Jail buddy
    Politeness costs nothing
    Well done
    clever lad

    0
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Chico’s favourite Tadic
    has just scored for Soton

    2
  • davetoon

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Damn jinxed the barstewards. Is there a team playing worse than Chelsea at the moment

    0
  • lesh

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Denis Wise a Sky pundit? The nasty little git must have a good agent or Sky must be desperate for commentators.

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Chico could be right
    Dusan Tadic and Aleks Mitrovic
    could be worth uniting at SJP

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Had a feeling Chelsea would disappoint.

    0
  • davetoon

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #29

    I wonder how much we will get for mitro in the summer? Contracted for another 2 seasons so we have all the bargaining power

    0
  • davetoon

    Apr 14, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #30

    @Ron Chelsea are terrible but so are Southampton. Can’t see them keeping a clean sheet

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 14, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #31

    dave

    Yes, still an hour to go.

    1
  • ben.g

    Apr 14, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Hibbit,
    Ha ha yeah I know. Tight get. I hope chelsea might be sensible,somewhere around 15 mill but if other teams are going to be offering 25+ mill. We are knacked.
    Think Rafa is going to test Ashley out this summer transfer window. If Ashley backs him Rafa (fingers crossed) will extend his contract

    0
  • davetoon

    Apr 14, 2018 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #33

    What I was thinking with the Mitro situation is if Fulham hold on to auto promotion spot, will we get enough money out of them to pay for Kennedy outright?

    1
  • chicousa

    Apr 14, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Yep. Tadic with a great assist from Jib’s pick, Bertrand. Just need the Saints to keep losing despite those 2 playing well.

    0
  • jezza442

    Apr 14, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #35

    I think if the price is right the Chelsea and nufc may do a closed shop deal under the radar,however what price is the question? This could be another deli ally situation again if we pay the fee I can see massive profit in a few years but will Ashley take the shot?

    0
  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 14, 2018 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #36

    I think we wont make a deal for kenedy, I have a suspicion that chelsea may either price him out of our reach or discuss lascelles going the opposite way.

    0
  • chicousa

    Apr 14, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #37

    ronaldo
    With Ashley still in place you may be right. But with a new owner, willing to support Rafa’s little “project” all things may be possible.

    0
  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 14, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Chicousa
    Well when it comes to a new owner, I dont actually think we will be sold and we will still have ashley. Obviously if our luck changes and we are finally rid of ashley then it would be possible. To be honest, we could buy kenedy even under ashley if he rubbished the policy of paying transfer fees for players upfront. We dont even need a mega rich owner to throw money at the club, just one who can use the finances the club generates in a way that benefits the football side of things.

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Some Chelsea players with the sun on their backs
    on the South coast are looking in holiday mode.
    Defo some flipflop wearers

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 14, 2018 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Ive said it before but I like James ward prowse. Good player and underrated

    2

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