First words: Kenedy

Kenedy sat down with the club’s official website at Cobham to discuss his move from Fluminense.

The Brazilian, 19, was full of enthusiasm as he looked ahead to his Chelsea journey and covered a wide range of subjects, including settling in, his football path and being a team player…

Hi Kenedy, welcome to the club. How does it feel to be a Chelsea player?

Thank you very much. I’m very excited and delighted to be part of one of the biggest clubs in European football and I’m extremely happy with the way everybody at the club has welcomed me.

You played the first 45 minutes against Barcelona during pre-season having been given permission by Fluminense to take part - what do you remember about that game?

It was a great experience for a young player like myself to be able to play against one of the best teams in the world. I was very happy with my performance and pleased with the way in which my team-mates did everything they could to help me in the game.

Can you tell us about your background and how you became a professional footballer?

I started out playing football in my hometown as a kid and then went to Rio De Janeiro where I played for Vasco da Gama. After that I joined Atletico Mineiro before moving to Fluminense, a club which is very well known for their academy, not just in Brazil but worldwide. They produce a lot of talented players. I managed to accomplish my objective there, which was to become a professional, and I played at Fluminense until I completed the move to Chelsea.

Robert Kenedy (full name Robert Kenedy Nunes do Nascimento) isn’t a traditional South American name. Is there a story behind it?

Yes, there is. My mum, dad and sister were watching football at home one day and my sister is a big Corinthians fan. They had a player at the time called Robert who scored a great goal in the game. She was so happy at the time she started crying and so my parents named me Robert after him. The 'Kenedy' comes from the former American president, my mum picked that part of my name.

Tell us a bit about the type of player you are and what you can bring to the squad…

I’m an attacker, I like to play on the right-hand side and I’m a player that works a lot for the team. I always try to play with the best interests of the team at heart.

What caught the eye in the Barcelona game wasn’t just your ability in the final third, but also the way you carried out your defensive duties. Is that an area of your game you’ve always tried to work on?

It’s something I’ve always tried to do but obviously it depends on the circumstances of each game. I don’t just attack, I have to go back and help out defensively as well, making sure that the opposition left-back is covered. It’s something I try to do on a regular basis.

How did you find the pre-season tour overall? How did training differ to what you’ve experienced in the past?

The tour was a brilliant experience for me, very enjoyable. It gave me an opportunity to meet the players and, as far as the training goes, it was very different. The things we do in training here I’ve never done before and you don’t even see some of the drills in Brazil. I need to focus, keep learning and take something new from each session every day.

We have plenty of Brazilians at the club, did that make it easier for you to adjust?

With all of the Brazilians being here it’s a big help for me because they talk to me a lot and tell me what the manager wants and how to train. It’s not only on the pitch, but off the pitch and within the club that they’ve been very helpful.

Did you know any of them previously?

No I didn’t, I only knew them from playing as them on my Playstation (laughs). I used to play as them on my game and now I’m running and working with them every day, so it makes me really happy.

Did you come across any of our former players during your time at Fluminense?

Yes, Deco was at Fluminense when I got to train with the first team. As a kid growing up he was one of my idols, so I was very honoured to have the opportunity to play with him.

What are your targets for this season?

My objectives are just to be involved as much as possible, help the team and win some trophies.

 

- In the top picture Kenedy is holding the new Chelsea third kit, which is available to buy for the first time today, online around the world as well as in Chelsea stores at Stamford Bridge and Kingston, and selected adidas stores.