Kenedy made his debut on Tuesday night against none other than the newly crowned European Champions Barcelona. The youngster was unfazed of facing the big boys, this being his first taste of European football, and never looked out of place.
Kenedy, who is still contracted to Brazilian club Fluminese and would cost around £6.3m. He played for 45 minutes. The young Brazilian looked comfortable on the ball and very sharp in tight spaces. He also work hard and made a crucial challenge in his own penalty box to deny Suarez a goal scoring opportunity.
Mourinho was quick to praise the youngster and was so impressed that he doesn’t want him to go on loan. He said:
We bought Kenedy because we believe in him. He’s a very young kid that we believe a lot in, hopefully. We have conditions to get him a work permit because we want him. We don’t want him to go out on loan. I think we have what the rules demand to get him a permit.
He was in pre-season with us without the documents so he couldn’t play the first two matches for us. Against Barcelona he had the chance to do it and even if it was a friendly I think it was the best debut for a kid, to play against the best team. It was a great night for the kid and a great experience.
FA have strict work permit rules and Kenedy is yet to make an appearance for the national team despite having played a under-17 and under-20 level. So there is a good chance that he might have to go out on loan this season.