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Benitez, looking to sign another striker before the transfer window closes, is sweating on the fitness of Dwight Gayle ahead of Sunday's season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur.

"If I decide to stay, it's for the city, the fans, the stature of the club, to stay in England and in the Premier League".

Bought for around £8m two years ago, Kenedy moved from Fluminese (Brazil) to Stamford Bridge. "There are a lot of great players in the team so I need to work hard and get through it".

Want your voice heard? According to the Daily Mirror, he will be heading north to join former Blues manager Rafael Benítez at newly-promoted side Newcastle United in a season-long loan deal.

A loan to Watford came last term, but produced disastrous results.

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Until now, that option would not have been available to Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United, with Paul Dummett, the club's only senior left-back, desperately unsuited to a wing-back role. Kenedy made only one substitute appearance and returned to Chelsea just before the end of the campaign.

The Brazilian faces an uncertain future at Chelsea regardless, given he was sent home from the club's tour of Asia having posted offensive remarks towards Chinese people on social media. Now he will be joining Benítez at St. James' Park, in hopes of putting his off the pitch mistakes behind him and proving that he can still be a valuable asset for Chelsea on the field.

A forward is crucial, and signing Kenedy could be seen as unnecessary in some respects.

"I like the player because I have good friends in A Coruña", Benitez was quoted as saying by the Chronicle after the 2-0 win over Hellas Verona. The introduction of Kenedy this year may assist in making that a reality.