Brazilian winger Kenedy is exploring his options with a view to leaving Chelsea before the European transfer deadline expires on September 2nd.
The 23 year old is back at Stamford Bridge following a mixed loan spell with Newcastle United that lasted 18 months and straddled two seasons.
He featured regularly for the team during pre-season, and was named to the bench for the opening Premier League fixture with Manchester United. However, he was then dropped from the match day squad altogether for the home game against Leicester City, on order to make way for his compatriot Willian.
Now he is considering leaving the club because he is concerned that he will not get much first-team football under Frank Lampard, especially with the returning Callum Hudson-Odoi, Pedro and Christian Pulisic also in contention for wide roles in the team.
Kenedy’s current contract expires with Chelsea next summer, and his preference would be to secure a loan move without agreeing to a contract renewal first, although the West London club are keen to insert a buy-out clause in his contract to protect the value of their investment, having bought him for £6.3 million from Fluminese in 2015.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.