Young Brazilian star Kenedy made an impact last night in the first half of the friendly game against Barcelona.
The youngster joined Chelsea on the pre-season training camp and tour without having signed for the Blues yet, so he needed Fluminense‘s permission to play last night against the Champions of Europe.
Kenedy impressed so much in these two weeks and in last night game that now Chelsea and manager José Mourinho that now the Portuguese coach wants him to join his first team squad.
It won’t be easy because to play in the Premier League normally players from outside the European Union need to have represented their national team at senior level to qualify and Kenedy has only played for Brazil’s Under 17 and Under 20 team.
FA president Greg Dyke stated back in March about the new rules for the non-Europeans players:
“The old system meant roughly half the players coming from non-European countries were getting in through an appeals system where something like 80% of all appeals were successful. The future won’t be like that.
“It is key to note that if you applied the new system retrospectively across the last five years we estimate that 33% of the players who gained entry under the old system would not have been granted a work visa under the new system.
But, despite of this, Mourinho seems confident to get a work permit for Kenedy, avoiding him to go on loan to Vitesse Arnhem:
“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.
“We bought Kenedy because we believe in him,’ said Mourinho. ‘He’s a very young kid that we believe a lot in, hopefully. 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”.
Chelsea optioned the player from Fluminense for £6.7million and the Brazilian is ready to sign in the next weeks.