Newcastle loan was a ‘great experience’, admits Kenedy as he prepares to face Manchester United


Former Newcastle United lender Kenedy insists his time at Tyneside has been a “great experience” as he prepares to face Manchester United with Granada.

The Brazilian midfielder had two loan spells with the Magpies under Rafa Benitez – but they were remarkably different.

Kenedy, who is still a Chelsea player despite only making 27 first-team appearances for the Blues since signing in 2015, made the temporary move to Newcastle in January 2018.

Under Benitez, he may have shown one of the best forms of his career and has become a key part of the Magpies squad, scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Southampton.

This form persuaded United to bring him back to the club on a one-season loan the following quarter, but the move was less successful.

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In only the second game of the campaign, he capped a poor performance with a missed last-minute penalty in Cardiff, and his form dropped considerably from there.

Although he made 28 appearances, most of them were on the bench, and United did not follow the initial interest, allowing him to return to Chelsea.

Loans to Spanish La Liga followed and, following a stint at Getafe, Kenedy once again shows his best with Granada, helping them reach the Europa League quarter-finals where they face Manchester United.

And speaking to Spanish media AS, he recalled his time in the Premier League – and Newcastle – with fond memories.

“Another great experience,” he said when asked about his loan to Tyneside.

“I had more match streaks and enjoyed a bit more. Spain and Brazil are different leagues from England, which have faster football. Here, it’s more head, thinking.”

However, he is now very happy with Granada and admits he is “having my best time”.

“When they called me I was very happy,” he added. “When I arrived, it was a spectacle. Everyone treated me really well, the staff, the players. I arrived here and it seemed to me that it was a long time.

“I am having my best time here in Granada. I am very happy and very happy with the season and my best version. I am very well and happy with the whole group which helps me a lot ”.

Kenedy of course scored for Newcastle against Manchester United, as the Magpies led 2-0 at Old Trafford in October 2018, only for the Red Devils to win 3-2.

And he looks forward to their Europa League clash, with the first leg at Granada’s Estadio Los Carmenes on April 8.

“How can I explain it? ” he said. “It will be a very good game. A different and unique party.”

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