Kenedy Loan, Clarke-Salter Move, and Van Gaal Approach?
Chelsea have agreed to loan Kenedy to Newcastle United in January, according to reports. The Brazilian has rarely featured for the Blues so far this season, so a move to the Magpies will allow the player to gain valuable first team minutes. He almost moved to the North-East in the summer, but Antonio Conte cancelled the deal as he believed the player might be used during the season. However, Kenedy has not been used as much as first thought, so a move to St James’ Park has been arranged.
Another loan move to happen in January, Jake Clarke-Salter is set to sign for Championship side Nottingham Forest when the transfer window opens next month. The centre-back has only made one appearance for the club this season, coincidentally against Forest in the Carabao Cup when Chelsea were 5-1 winners. The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Bristol Rovers, and a move to a higher league will allow him to improve his development and gain valuable first team minutes.
Van Gaal Approach?
Former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal believes he will be considered by Chelsea in a future search for a manager. The Dutchman was sacked by United after the end of the 2015/16 season, but he thinks Chelsea will soon come calling for his services.
“In principle I am finished with management, but you never say never.
That is to say that I think I should stop. But I could still be triggered if a job comes along that I think is a challenge, and where I don’t have to work seven days a week.
“Manchester City won’t phone me with an offer – but Chelsea could well do so.
“I don’t think a top English club will come in for me, so in that situation I will only become the coach of a national team.”