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Benitez Wants Kenedy to Continue Form- Even If It Makes Newcastle Signing Less Likely

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is keen for Chelsea loanee Kenedy to continue his recent form- even if it diminishes the club’s chances of signing him permanently.

Kenedy has been a revelation at St. James’ Park since joining on loan in January. The likes of Arsenal and Inter Milan have subsequently been linked.

Benitez acknowledges that the better the Brazilian plays, the less likely it is that Newcastle will be able to sign him permanently- but it’s a trade-off he’s willing to make.

“Yes, but if you say do you want him to score goals and the value will go up, then yes, I want him to score goals.

“That is it, football is like this. If you have a good player, the value goes higher. He has the level to play in a top team – but he is in a top side already!”

Kenedy has two goals and two assists in eight appearances and the Magpies’ boss has been delighted with the Fluminense product’s form.

“When he receives the ball, he is always comfortable. He is never scared. He can make mistakes and give the ball away, but normally he is doing well.

“To come here and play at the level he is playing, you can say it is a surprise. It is not a surprise because we were expecting a good player, but to do as well as he has in the past months.”


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