Rafa Benitez believes Newcastle’s best hope of re-signing Chelsea winger Kenedy could be another loan deal.
The Brazilian has helped transform the Magpies’ season since arriving at St James’ Park in January and the manager wants to extend his stay.
Kenedy told the Daily Mail on Friday that he is happy on Tyneside and open to a return, although Benitez fears that the uncertainty surrounding the managerial situation at Stamford Bridge does not help their cause.
Rafa Benitez believes Newcastle’s best hope of re-signing Kenedy could be another loan deal
To that end, it could well be that a loan arrangement is the most likely option for Newcastle.
‘I have seen the interview and what he said. I know his agent, so the point with him is that he’s doing well,’ said Benitez, who had wanted to sign Kenedy last summer.
‘I am happy because we’ve been winning and he’s been scoring goals and that’s fantastic for us and really good news for him.
‘The situation is that Chelsea need to know where they will finish and we need to know where we will finish. There is plenty of time to talk.
‘But if you’re asking me (if loan is perhaps best option), I’d say yes, you’d have to ask them as well.
The Brazilian has helped transform the Magpies’ season since arriving at St James’ Park
Kenedy’s form has seen the likes of Bayern Munich credited with an interest in the winger
‘It wasn’t easy to bring him here and it won’t be easy to bring him here again.’
Kenedy’s form has seen the likes of Bayern Munich credited with an interest in the winger, and Benitez added: ‘You can’t change that. If you want to win games and he’s doing well you have to play him, if he’s doing even better than fine, fair enough.
‘It will be more difficult for us, for sure, but he’s so happy he’ll be keen to stay.’