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Chelsea call Kenedy back for preseason, leave Flamengo hanging — report

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Who will blink first?

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Flamengo’s “cautiously optimistic” attempts to acquire Kenedy are turning less cautiously pessimistic, despite their charm offensive aimed at “seducing” the 25-year-old to stay in Brazil. They may have convinced him that it would be a good thing for his career, but Chelsea are not too keen on just letting him stay there. In fact, according to Globo Esporte, Chelsea have called him back to London for the start of preseason training, just like all other non-vacationing players and Loan Army members.

That said, Chelsea do not have a set plan for Kenedy, it would appear, though we reportedly want to arrange a transfer rather than just another loan. Flamengo have not put forward a formal bid yet, while Chelsea are apparently happy to wait until the end of the transfer window on September 2 to find a solution.

Should Flamengo get their act together and put their money where their promises to their fans are, perhaps Kenedy will end up joining them at some point. But for now, this looks to be not happening.