Speaking to the Brazilian press, Kenedy has hinted that he would prefer to return to Newcastle and continue playing in the Premier League – suggesting he may go back to sitting on the bench if he returns to Chelsea.
The 22-year-old was an inspired signing by Benitez in January, with he and Dubravka not only inspiring us to safety, but to a surprise finish in the top 10.
The permanent signing of Dubravka was confirmed this week, so attentions will not turn to securing a return for Kenedy – although another loan may be more likely than a big money permanent deal.
Here’s what he’s had to say about his future when speaking to ESPN Brazil:
“At Chelsea there are lots of great players, so the chance was little. So I was not playing in a little while.
“Then this opportunity came (to go to Newcastle), I was very happy I could come to have continuity, to have more time to play.
“It gives more confidence to come back and play (for Newcastle).
“I had a long time without playing, I think I was a year and a little without playing. So I was happy to be able to play in the Premier League again.”
With some big clubs said to be monitoring his progress, there’s always the risk that he and his agent have their head turned (with the likes of Bayern and PSG both linked).
That being said, it seems clear as day that another spell at St James’ Park, playing week in week out, will be the best decision he could make.
A permanent deal may be difficult, but I’d love to have him back on loan at least – and his comments here give me hope that he may just return for another season.