After a short but successful loan spell at St. James’ Park last season, Newcastle and manager Rafael Benitez went on the charm offensive to bring Kenedy back to Tyneside for this campaign.
Kenedy, though, is yet to display the form from last term that had Newcastle supporters desperate for him to return to St. James’ Park, and the Brazilian has not helped himself in this difficult spell with his latest comments.
Speaking to Brazilian outlet UOL (via the Shields Gazette), Kenedy said: “It was good to be loaned to get more playing time – better than staying at Chelsea and not playing.
“I hope this year I can make a good season for Newcastle and go back to Chelsea to continue. I have a dream to return and to be a champion for the club.”
With Chelsea being his parent club and a club of massive stature in European football, it is only normal for £9m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Kenedy to envision himself eventually making it in west London.
However, the timing of his words do not come at a good time with both himself and Newcastle not enjoying the best of starts in the Premier League while the Newcastle faithful, regardless, will not take kindly to Kenedy publicly admitting he is using the club as a stepping stone.
For Kenedy, it has never been a question of ability, but rather his attitude with the former Fluminense man having not always seen eye to eye with his former manager at Chelsea Antonio Conte (via Telegraph).
And, if the 22-year-old does not fix up in the coming weeks, a collision course with Benitez and Newcastle supporters may also await.