Newcastle have all but secured their Premier League status with victory over Arsenal on Sunday, extending their winning run to four games and surpassing their pre-season target of 40 points.
A major upturn in form has occurred since January to help fire the Magpies away from the relegation zone, where the form of loan duo Martin Dubravka and Kenedy has provided a huge boost and led to Rafael Benitez seeking permanent deals for the duo.
However, interest in Brazil starlet Kenedy is reported to be rising and Benitez has admitted he’s concerned that Newcastle could be priced out of a move for the Chelsea ace, who has enjoyed a breakthrough period during his time at St. James’ Park.
‘He has the the level to play in a top team, yes. But he is in a top side already! If we can get two or three with experience or more quality, he will be even better.’
‘When he receives the ball he is always comfortable. He is never scared. His pass, delivery at set-pieces, his vision – he is giving us something when we play under pressure that we didn’t have. There is no anxiety with him. Before, we were more anxious and making more mistakes.’
‘He is happy here. He is enjoying his football and today he was joking with the Spanish players, because Portuguese and Spanish speakers can understand each other,’ said Benitez. I always think for foreign players it is important to be in a good environment. And here he is a key player for us.’
Kenedy has scored two goals and provided two assists in nine Premier League appearances for Newcastle, leading to the likes of Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal being attributed with an interest in the 22-year-old.