Wandering Chelsea man admits he’s now at home but deal yet to be done
Chelsea winger Kenedy seems happy with his nomadic lifestyle and insists the current loan spell with Granada is the best period of his career.
The 25-year-old is currently on a season-long loan with Granada – one of many temporary spells in his career. The former Brazil Under-23 ace signed for Chelsea from Brazilian club Fluminense in June 2015.
He was handed a few opportunities during his debut season at Stamford Bridge. The versatile left-sided star made 20 appearances in all competitions and scored two goals.
However, he started just four Premier League games – a statistic that sowed the seeds of what was to follow. He spent the first half of 2016-2017 on loan with Watford.
But the South American was recalled by Chelsea in December 2016 after making just one appearance for the Hornets.
After failing to secure a regular first-team berth, he was on his travels once again in January 2018. A six-month loan spell with Newcastle was followed by a year-long loan at St James’ Park.
The 18-month stint garnered 41 senior outings and was his first taste of regular football since leaving Brazil. His return to west London in the summer of 2019 was short lived as the wide man was loaned out once again.
This time it was to Spain, with Kenedy making 27 appearances in all competitions and scoring three goals for Getafe. On September last year, he returned to Spain to feature for Granada and has played 24 times in La Liga.
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Experience key for Kenedy
It has been a strange few years in his career but the former Vasco da Gama youth star has no complaints.
On his time at Chelsea, he told Granada CF official media: “It was very good. There were many Brazilians there and that helped me a lot. There were David Luiz, Diego Costa, Oscar, Piazon … one felt more at home.”
And he was equally enthusiastic about his time on Tyneside.
“Another great experience. I had more sequence of matches and enjoyed a little more,” he added.
There is no purchase clause in his loan deal with Granada, but it appears as though he would be happy to stay.
“I am living my best moment here at Granada,” he added. “I am very happy and very happy with the season and with my best version.
“I am very well and happy with the whole group that is helping me a lot ”.
Granada face Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Kenedy feels the experience will be “a different and unique party ”.
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