Kenedy returns from Newcastle loan as Chelsea look to sell him
- The Magpies were disappointed with the Brazilian's performances this season.
- However, they will be glad that they did not pay £30m Chelsea asked for Kenedy's permanent transfer last year.
- Now, the Blues will have to ask for less as the player's contract expires next summer.
Brazilian winger Kenedy has returned from Newcastle where he spent the last 1.5 seasons on loan.
The Magpies decided to let the 23-year-old go as he failed to meet the club's expectations.
He joined Newcastle in January 2018 and helped to save them from relegation. It was enough for Rafael Benitez to go and ask the board to agree on another loan deal with Chelsea, this time for a full season.
But Kenedy failed to follow up his good performances. The problems started early in the season and Benitez several times publicly criticized the player.
"It is true that he is not playing at the level of last year, and sometimes players have confidence when they are doing things," the manager was saying back in December.
"He told me the other day that he knew he was not playing well and these mistakes mean that he loses a bit of confidence. We tried to explain to him that the only way to change that is to carry on, and hopefully he will do that."
Unfortunately for them all, the hopes did not come true. He appeared in 7 games after the turn of the year, all of them as a substitute. His goal at Man United in October remained his only in the season.
The Blues are not very enthused to see him in their squad, either. As he enters the final year of his contract, Chelsea are ready to slash the asking price and will now search for a party interested in buying Kenedy straight away.
Newcastle were considering a permanent deal for the Brazilian a year ago but decided against spending £30m on a player whose discipline and commitment caused concerns even then.