Newcastle United manager Rafael
The Chelsea loanee has been left out of Newcastle’s match-day squad in their
“He understands that others are doing well. Atsu, for example, was training really well. He has to compete for a place on the bench.”
The versatile 23-year-old joined Newcastle on loan from Chelsea in January 2018. He produced a number of excellent performances and helped the Magpies avoid relegation last season.
He returned on-loan but has struggled this season and eventually found himself on the bench before, more recently, being left out of match-day squads altogether.
“Kenedy’s fine. When a team is doing well, the players that are playing, the players that are involved in the squad, you can manage them.
“But I will tell you, I was talking with him yesterday, and it was a very, very good conversation, but we were not talking about the team. We were talking about things in general, his time in Brazil and his time here in England.
“He’s fine. But if you were asking me ‘is he happy?’- he cannot be happy. But he’s training well. He’s OK. He’s quite positive.
“We had a conversation for about 15 minutes about Brazil, England and the differences. All these things.”
Newcastle currently sit in 15th place in the Premier League, seven points clear of the relegation zone. They will look to cement their Premier League status when they host Southampton on Saturday afternoon.