One of the revelation in LaLiga with Granada CF this season is that Kenedy has become a key player for the Spanish outfit. Whether in the starting eleven or utilised as an impact player from the bench, his full potential now appears to have been unlocked. But with his loan contract due to expire at the end of June, what next for the talented Brazilian?
Kenedy has just one year left on his current deal with Chelsea, who will need to reach a decision about his future over the coming weeks. The 25-year-old has enjoyed the best form of his career at Granada, scoring 7 goals and providing 4 assists in 38 games.
Beyond the statistics, Kenedy has flourished under the guidance of manager Diego Martinez, who has given the player freedom to express himself on the pitch. The player has responded by showcasing his natural flair and creativity, along with superb teamwork and a steely determination previously unseen elsewhere.
During his prior loan spell in LaLiga with Getafe, confidence was at an all-time low for Kenedy. He struggled to fit in under their manager Jose Bordalas, who even accused the player of being “fat and lazy” during one angry half-time dressing room exchange. Taken under the wing of Martinez at Granada, the change in confidence and performance has been astonishing.
“The manager has given me his confidence and I am very happy” explained Kenedy, during a recent interview on the official Granada CF YouTube channel. “This has been a really different season for me, I have much more confidence and freedom to play.”
“The experience here has been spectacular, I’ve learned so much and it’s like a family here,” he concluded. Such words indicate a player who has finally found a place he can call home, while Granada would undoubtedly be keen to sign Kenedy permanently.
According to Transfermarkt, the Spanish club has an option to buy Kenedy, as part of the loan deal agreed with Chelsea. However, reports elsewhere claim there is no such agreement in place, and with neither club willing to confirm such an agreement, it remains unclear where the Brazilian player will be next season.
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Under the leadership of Thomas Tuchel, the Blues have completely turned around their season, climbing into the Premier League top four and reaching the Champions League final. Along with matching club expectations, the German coach has also achieved the kind of bet prediction fans would have backed for their team. Indeed, betting news and updates would have regularly have been in relation to this talented team.
Tuchel will undoubtedly have remained informed about all players tied to Chelsea, although whether Kenedy will be in his plans for next season is an interesting question. This is a player who could make a valuable contribution if given one last opportunity before his contract expires in 2022.
Nevertheless, with Chelsea also expected to clear out surplus players this summer, the club is also mindful of balancing the books, ready to bring in potential targets ideally suited to how Tuchel wants to shape his team. The form and versatility of Kenedy mean he could fit those plans, yet it seems he would prefer to remain in Spain with Granada.
The modest Spanish side could easily be tempted to part with up to £5 million, although Chelsea will also be aware that Kenedy could fetch more on the open market. The dilemma will be whether to keep the player, sell to a guaranteed buyer, or place Kenedy on the open market and hope for bigger offers.