Report: Chelsea player will not return to pre-season until transfer situation is cleared up

Kenedy will reportedly not come back to Chelsea unless his dealings with Flamengo are resolved completely.

According to Extra, Kenedy’s representatives are demanding their client remains in Rio until his transfer situation is sorted out.

The Brazilian international is stationed in his homeland, instead of reporting for Thomas Tuchel’s debut pre-season camp.

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Flamengo apparently would like to sign him on loan. However, they have seemingly not had any contact with Chelsea over such a deal.

He will therefore not leave his native country until an agreement has been reached about his future.  

Kenedy spent all of the previous campaign away from Stamford Bridge with Granada and it’s very likely he will do the same this term.

He made quite a good impression on his Spanish suitors, playing 44 times across all competitions and scoring eight goals.

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His last competitive appearance for Chelsea arrived in 2018; since then he has played for Newcastle United, Getafe, and Granada.

Tuchel already has three recognised left-backs in his squad, although Ben Chilwell and Emerson Palmieri won’t return to Cobham for a while due to European Championship commitments.

This would be a perfect time for Kenedy to show the Blues boss what he is made of, rather than string out a slightly unnecessary saga.

However, Kenedy can’t really be blamed for not wanting to reunite with Chelsea, considering the minimal opportunities he’s been afforded at Stamford Bridge.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.