Chelsea's David Luiz reveals why he avidly watches ALL Newcastle games

David Luiz says he's avidly following Newcastle United this season.

Kenedy
Kenedy

Luiz is a close friend of winger Kenedy, who is on loan at St James's Park until the end of the season.

Kenedy is a partner in a London restaurant along with Chelsea team-mates and Brazilian countrymen Luiz and Willian.

And Luiz is keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old, who has impressed since joining Newcastle in January.

"I try to help him," Luiz told the Daily Mail. "He was always with Diego Costa, but, since he left, I have taken on that role of looking out for him.

"You see his tattoos and the ripped jeans and you think he's a crazy boy, but he's shy. His past was not easy, he's from the street. But he's a great boy with a big heart.

"I try to watch all of Newcastle’s games and he calls me to ask about his performance.

Kenedy and Rafa Benitez

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"But he should not worry, he's been amazing. I'm cheering all the goals."

United manager Rafa Benitez – who knows Luiz from their time together at Chelsea – is keen to sign Kenedy on a permanent deal in the summer.

Asked about staying beyond this season, Kenedy said: "I'm enjoying my time at Newcastle, but obviously I have a contract at Chelsea.

"If something occurs then I will be more than happy, it is a good place for me. I like it."

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Kenedy and Rafa Benitez

Kenedy is enjoying working with Benitez, who has guided the club up to 10th in the Premier League.

"Rafa helps me a lot – every day," said Kenedy, who scored two goals in last month's 3-0 win over Southampton.

"But the thing I'm most thankful for is that he had belief in me and gave me this chance.

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"I never imagined it would have gone so well. They have amazing fans, they are crazy for the team – fanatical, beautiful. I feel privileged to be around them.

"My first goal was an amazing sensation. When I saw the celebration in the stand, that gives you the energy to do whatever it takes."

Newcastle take on Everton at Goodison Park in a televised game on Monday night.