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Watford in the hunt for Chelsea star Kenedy

Watford are exploring the possibility of bringing in Kenedy on loan from Chelsea, we understand.

The Hornets can make two season-long domestic loans and they have checked with Chelsea about the availability of Kenedy, the 20-year-old left-sided attacker from Brazil. Watford have a good relationship with the Blues – their loan players manager Paolo Ferreira visited the London Colney training ground several times last season – and Kenedy has apparently been told by Antonio Conte he can go out on loan as he doesn’t see him figuring in his plans this season.

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Chelsea, as they did with Nathan Ake, usually tie their young players to a longer contracts before sending them out on loan. Watford did look at bringing Ake back to Vicarage Road, both permanently and on loan, but he moved to Bournemouth as they could guarantee him and Chelsea he would play as a holding midfielder.

Not turning 21 until February, Kenedy, like Ake was, would be classed as an under-21 player so would not take up a place in the Premier League squad. His attacking instincts would be welcomed by a squad high on defensive and pragmatic players. He could play on the left in a 3-4-3 or behind the front two in a 3-4-1-2.

Representing his country at under-17 and under-20 level, Kenedy made his professional debut aged just 17 for Fluminense before a £6.3m move to Chelsea last summer. He played 20 times for the Blues last season, scoring inside a minute in the 2-1 win at Norwich City.

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”I’m happy with my own performances so far in England,” he said in an interview with FourFourTwo. “I mean, it’s my first season in the Premier League and it’s not easy to adapt to the best football in the world. But I’m aware that I have plenty of room to improve and I’ll be better next season for sure. I want to play. I don’t really care if I’m playing as a full-back or a forward. As long as I’m on the pitch.”