Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Kenedy from Chelsea on loan for the remainder of the season.
Kenedy, 21, made just five appearances for the senior team this season, in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
The Brazilian will be ineligible to play against Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round tie on Sunday, but could make his Magpies debut against Burnley on 31 January.
Newcastle manager Benitez believes Kenedy’s versatility can help keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
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“Kenedy is a player that we have been following since the summer,” Benitez told the club’s website.
“The reason we are interested is that he can play in several positions, as a winger, a wing-back and also as an offensive left full-back, so he gives the team many options.
“He has a great left foot and good energy.
“He is still a young player but he has some experience already in the Premier League and that will help with his adaptation.
“We welcome him to Newcastle United.”
“I’m so happy with this opportunity at Newcastle,” said Kenedy. “They’ve opened the door to me to come here, show my potential and come and play.”
“It’s a traditional club and Rafa Benítez is a fantastic, amazing coach. Christian Atsu, as well – we trained together at Chelsea and know each other, and he said good things about the club. So it was easy to take this decision.”