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.