Kenedy’s performances in pre-season have caught the eye of Frank Lampard, who said during our time in Japan the Brazilian is making a ‘great case’ to stay at Chelsea for the upcoming campaign.
Now 23, Kenedy has told us how thankful he is with the chances he has been afforded to impress under the new boss. Featuring on both the left and the right wing, the man with 27 Blues appearances to his name has looked really lively, especially in the recent friendlies against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona when he came close to scoring.
‘I am very happy with the amount of minutes I played in Japan,’ he tells the official Chelsea website.
‘It was a great experience. I am really pleased for the opportunity the manager is giving me and the amount I have been playing in pre-season.
‘When I was at Chelsea before I played a lot as a left-back, but now I have been playing further forward. My past experiences as a left-back have helped me be a better player now.’
Kenedy moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2015 and went on to appear 20 times in his first campaign in west London, scoring twice. He featured again sporadically under Antonio Conte, before spending the past year-and-a-half on loan at Newcastle, where he was a regular in the team.
‘I learned a lot from my time there,’ he says.
‘I was very happy with the amount I played. It was a great experience for me so I must say thanks to the club and the manager.
‘Now I have to start again here at Chelsea and work hard, step by step. My hope now is to do a great season here at Chelsea. That is my dream.’