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Chelsea's Kenedy in demand as big clubs circle — report

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The talented loanee is lighting up the North and calling attention to himself!

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Chelsea youngster Kenedy, currently on loan at Newcastle United, has been linked with a potential permanent move away from Stamford Bridge today, with Sky Sports reporting that the likes of PSG and Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old winger in case an opportunity opens up for a bid.

Since moving up north in January, Kenedy has made a solid contribution to Newcastle’s efforts to achieve mid-table security, scoring two goals and adding two more assists in eight appearances. The Magpies have won four of those eight games, losing just once, and are now ten points clear of the relegation zone.

Kenedy has been utilized primarily on the left wing under Rafael Benitez, who’s become somewhat of a father figure in the process as well. Unsurprisingly, Kenedy has already hinted at his desire to stay for at least another season, especially if Benitez were to stay as well. Another loan could be a reasonable outcome for all involved.

But better things may yet be in store for Kenedy. I would love for him to be given a chance on the wing during next year's Chelsea campaign, for example, especially given Pedro’s lengthy dip in form and Eden Hazard's future still hanging in the balance. Kenedy’s age and experience could also put him ahead of the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, who in turn could use a loan stint in 2018-19.

After several sales which proved costly in hindsight, Chelsea should definitely reconsider any sales and reassess what talents are available to the club. Mistakes such as Salah or De Bruyne will have surely left a mark; at worst, a buy-back clause would be an obvious necessity.

In any case, Kenedy’s current contract at Chelsea doesn’t expire until 2020, so there's no rush to make an immediate decision. Whoever will be in charge next season, be that Conte or any of the rumoured candidates, he might just decide to give the kid a chance.