Chelsea winger Kenedy will reportedly not return to the Blues for pre-season training unless his dealings with Brazilian club Flamengo are resolved entirely.
According to Extra, Kenedy’s representatives are demanding their client remains in Rio until his transfer situation is sorted out.
The Brazilian international is stationed in his homeland, instead of reporting for Thomas Tuchel’s debut pre-season camp with Flamenco club looking forward to sign versatile player.
Bruno Spindel, executive director of Flamengo, last week confirmed their interest in Kenedy.
He told Extra: “He’s a very interesting athlete. He had a great season, we would really like to have him,
“Because of the financial situation and everything that happened to him, it is a very difficult negotiation,” said the executive.
Flamengo want him on loan, however apparently no such negotiations have so far taken place with Chelsea.
The 25-year-old has been on loan at Spanish side Granada and impressed last season.
He made quite a good impression on his Spanish suitors, playing 44 times across all competitions and scoring eight goals.
His last competitive appearance for Chelsea arrived in 2018; since then he has played for Newcastle United, Getafe, and Granada.
Tuchel already has three recognised left-backs in his squad, although Ben Chilwell and Emerson Palmieri won’t return to Cobham for a while due to European Championship commitments.
This would be a perfect time for Kenedy to show the Blues boss what he is made of, rather than string out a slightly unnecessary saga.
However, Kenedy can’t really be blamed for not wanting to reunite with Chelsea, considering the minimal opportunities he’s been afforded at Stamford Bridge.