Chelsea loan king Kenedy wanted by Bielsa’s Leeds in January transfer window just weeks after shock recall to The Bridge
LEEDS UNITED reportedly wanted to take Chelsea pariah Kenedy to Elland Road just weeks after the midfielder’s surprise return to Stamford Bridge.
The retirees ended the midfielder’s loan spell with Brazilian side Flamengo early this month.
But according to The Telegraph, the 25-year-old could potentially be snapped up by Leeds before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday night.
Journalist Mike McGrath tweeted: “#LUFC inquired about #CFC forward Chelsea Kenedy (similar profile to Minamino) but deal did not progress until [the] deadline.”
Should Chelsea opt to loan Kenedy out to Los Blancos, the Brazilian would be Marcelo Bielsa’s first signing for the January transfer window.
Kenedy – a £6.3million arrival from Fluminense in the summer of 2015 – has yet to make an appearance for the Blues since being recalled by manager Thomas Tuchel.
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And the two-time Newcastle loanee admits he was puzzled by the club’s decision to bring him back to west London.
He said of his shock recall: “I was taken by surprise. I found out last night around 11 p.m. It was all very quick.
“Chelsea had a contract with Flamengo. They asked me to introduce myself and I introduce myself.
“It was Flamengo who told me. I’m just fulfilling the contract.
Tuchel said of the midfielder’s return: “Kenedy is back and I’m very happy with it so it’s huge.
“A huge opportunity for him to establish himself in this club and in this team.
“We will try from today to push him and support him as best we can.”
Chelsea will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, hosting League 1 side Plymouth at Stamford Bridge for their FA Cup fourth round clash.
Leeds, meanwhile, travel to the Midlands for a week on Wednesday to take on Aston Villa.