Kenedy on Newcastle's fans, social media messages, Rafa Benitez – and his hopes for the new season

Kenedy and Rafa Benitez.
Kenedy and Rafa Benitez.

Kenedy's coming "home".

Newcastle United today re-signed the Chelsea winger on a season-long loan.

Kenedy was a revelation in the second half of last season as the club pulled away from relegation trouble.

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And United manager Rafa Benitez was desperate to bring him back to St James's Park.

The 22-year-old – who is in Ireland with his Newcastle team-mates for a training camp – has spoken to NUFC TV about his return to what he has called his "second home".

Kenedy.

Kenedy.

On rejoining Newcastle...

"I'm so happy to come back to my second home.

"I'm so happy to be back. When the club showed an interest in me again and the call came, as the Brazilian expression 'the good son will always come home'."

On his expectations in January...

Kenedy.

Kenedy.

"Everyone likes the movie (Goal!), and because there's the connection with Newcastle, I was asked about that a lot. But it's a beautfiul history and now I know more about the club.

"I'm more familiar with it, and I've been learning more about it during the close season."

On moving earlier in his career...

"I did experience that when I was a young boy, fighting for my career. I think it was a good experience, because it makes you stronger. I got through difficulties in Brazil, fighting for my position and my place, and today I'm so happy I've achieved what I've achieved.

Kenedy.

Kenedy.

"But I'm still young – 22-years-old – and I expect to achieve many more things in my career."

On calling Newcastle "home"...

"It's a club I've identified with quickly. Everybody here treated me so well and I feel so good. It feels like family, it feels like home, so that's why I say it feels like my second home."

On Benitez...

"I'm so happy with this interest from Rafa Benitez, that he came back for me. So I want to keep it going, this work that I did before, for the new season."

On United's fans...

"I received many, many messages on social media from the fans. They were saying 'come back, come back'. They made me feel appreciated, and I was so glad to hear that and feel the love and passion from the fans towards me.

"So I aim to come here in this new season and give everything on the pitch nad keep the work going from the season before."

On a pre-season at Newcastle...

"Yes, it's now better, because I've had time to do a pre-season. I can work hard and, like last season, we have a good group. The guys are together and fight for the results, but now I have more time to prepare with them and I know them better.

"I expect, with my team-mates, to do a very good season. I'll give everything on the pitch and do my best. It's a new challenge, a new season and a new opportunity."

"I'm so motivated to make it like last season."

On the new season...

"It's a new season and a new challenge, and I'm focused and prepared. Now I have the opportunity to prepare properly, from the beginning, to be ready for the big games to come.

"The Premier League is a big competition and it's a new beginning for me at the club."