Newcastle want 22-year-old Robert Kenedy for next season – and it appears that Rafa will try to get him to Newcastle on a season-long loan.
But there are a growing number of top European clubs who are starting to queue up for the young Brazilian, who was outstanding for Newcastle this year on loan under the astute coaching of Rafa Benitez.
Kenedy started 12 times for the Magpies and had two goals and two assists, and we are thankful to him for helping to preserve our Premier League status.
GOAL.com are reporting that Bundesliga club RB Leipzig have now joined Arsenal, Bayern Munich and PSG (among others) in being interested in the Chelsea player who had appeared only 5 times in the previous two seasons for the Blues.
Kenedy – in action against West Brom
There is still uncertainty about what Kenedy’s future is with manager Antonio Conte almost certainly to be replaced this summer, even though he won the FA Cup for the Blues in May.
Rafa has said the Magpies will try to get the youngster on loan again and the reports in GOAL is that Newcastle cannot afford to buy the player.
That’s disappointing to read – when will we be able to afford these top players after all we have just made £123M for last season from the Premier League.
Kenedy was delighted with his stay on Tyneside as he said this when he left Newcastle earlier this month:
“I was glad to come here to Newcastle, one of the biggest clubs in England, and I really appreciated the chance to play.”
“I’d like to thank Rafa Benitez because he trusted in me. I really enjoyed my time here – it was very good.”
Rafa will try to get an option to buy Kenedy if he can arrange a loan deal and certainly we feel that Kenedy would jump at the chance to return to Newcastle for next season.
Maybe in a year’s time, we will be able to afford whatever fee is inserted in the loan clause.
We hope Rafa can be extra persuasive with Kenedy, his agent, and Chelsea this summer in getting them to loan him to Newcastle for next season.
That would be a big success for Rafa and the club – the lad’s a potentially great player in the making.
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