Date: 13th March 2018 at 11:34am
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Newcastle are planning to discuss a permanent deal for Kenedy once the club is assured of its Premier League status for next season.

Saturday’s resounding 3-0 triumph over Southampton at St James’ Park represented a huge stride towards safety for Rafa Benitez and his players, moving up to 13th in the table and five points clear of the relegation zone.

Two of the goals came courtesy of Kenedy inside the first half-hour, with the Brazilian winger opening the scoring after just 63 seconds before tucking in a Dwight Gayle pass at the back post to put United on course for a morale-boosting victory.

Magpies supporters are eager for the 22-year-old to remain on Tyneside beyond this season and the Chronicle understand that Newcastle will open talks about a permanent deal once mathematical safety has been guaranteed.

It’s obvious that Benitez would like to retain the services of a player who has made a significant impact since arriving in late January, scoring two goals and registering two assists in six starts, tasting defeat on just one occasion – the 2-0 defeat at Liverpool.

That being said, Kenedy has yet to disclose what is future plans are and the Brazil under-23 international is scheduled to return to parent club Chelsea at the end of the season after the Blues refused to entertain Newcastle’s desire to insert a buy-out clause into the deal.