After arriving in town completing his medical yesterday, Chelsea winger (sometimes wingback) Kenedy has re-joined Newcastle United today, just as it had been rumored since the end of the season.
The 22-year-old will spent the season on-loan at St James’ Park, with potential future consideration possibly making that the first of many seasons there.
Kenedy is Newcastle’s third acquisition of the summer. The Magpies had already strengthened by adding former Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng on a free (good business, that!) and making Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka’s loan permanent for £4m.
Similarly, as reported by the Evening Standard’s Simon Johnson, Newcastle have a buy-option for Kenedy, for an unspecified amount. Chelsea had supposedly set the asking price at around £20m, which would’ve made him Newcastle’s record signing.
Kenedy spent the second half of last season on Tyneside already. He clearly enjoyed his time there, playing under Rafa Benitez, and they had made him a priority target in return. The youngster should be thus set for a good season.
“I am so happy with this interest from Rafa Benítez, that he came back for me. I want to keep it going, the work that I did here before, for the new season. I have received many, many messages on social media from the fans. They made me feel appreciated, so I wanted to come here in this new season and give everything on the pitch.”
-Kenedy; source: Newcastle United
Hopefully, Kenedy is able to carry on from where he left off and exceed expectations once again. The sky’s the limit, young padawan!