Tuchel has called on Kenedy to ‘make his mark’ after Chelsea recalled the wing-back from his loan at Flamengo amid an injury crisis at Stamford Bridge.
Ben Chilwell’s long-term injury has left Marco Alonso as the only specialist left wing-back in the team, and with Chelsea still involved in five competitions this season, they have been actively looking for a solution.
There has been a number of players linked with a move to Chelsea, but with no moves being made by the board, the decision was to bring Kenedy back to the club early from his loan at Flamengo.
And Tuchel is prepared to give him another shot at a place in the team: “In terms of bringing players back, it is not only about the need of having players back but the possibility. When we sent them on loan, we sent them to have a full year. They have a certain role at their clubs so it’s not only about bringing them back. We also don’t have the possibility to decide all alone if we bring them back.
”Kenedy is back and I’m very happy about it. This is huge, huge opportunity for him to make his mark at this club and in this team. We will try now from today on to push and support him as good as we can. [While] we cannot say Kenedy is the solution. He can be the solution […]
“Nothing has changed but it needs to make sense, to be possible, make sense on a high level and also in the quality, personality. We have a look into the market, nothing has changed. We have all options, also the option to say no.”
Kenedy himself was surprised by the decision to bring him back, and reportedly not too happy about it, but perhaps he can turn that frown upside down with a few surprise minutes in a Chelsea shirt once again!
“I was taken by surprise. I found out yesterday (Tuesday) night around 11 pm. Everything was very fast.
“Chelsea had a contract with Flamengo. They asked me to present myself and I’m presenting myself. It was Flamengo that told me. I’m just fulfilling the contract.”