Date: 12th March 2018 at 1:20pm
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Rafa Benitez has told Newcastle fans to enjoy Kenedy ‘while he’s here’ after the on-loan winger scored twice against Southampton at the weekend.

The Brazilian bagged a first-half brace – his first goals in a black and white shirt, including one after 63 seconds – to put United on course for a massive victory over the Saints ahead of an unwelcome three-week break before Huddersfield visit St James’ Park.

After the game supporters called on the club to keep the 22-year-old’s on a permanent basis this summer, but Benitez remained coy on the possibility of Kenedy remaining on Tyneside beyond the current season with the loan deal not containing an option-to-buy clause.

“I have no idea if there’s a chance we can keep him after the end of the season,” Benitez told the Shields Gazzette.

Benitez tried and failed to sign Kenedy last summer, but the United boss was pleased to see the Brazilian score his first goal for the club in such an accomplished fashion.

“With him, any situation is good for me when you see a player with quality using his quality to make a difference,” Benitez added.