Chelsea star ‘refuses to report for pre-season’ as he seeks permanent Stamford Bridge exit

Chelsea winger Kenedy will reportedly not return to the Blues for pre-season training unless his dealings with Brazilian club Flamenco are resolved entirely.

Bruno Spindel, executive director of Flamengo, last week confirmed their interest in Kenedy.

He told Extra: “He’s a very interesting athlete. He had a great season, we would really like to have him,

“Because of the financial situation and everything that happened to him, it is a very difficult negotiation,” said the executive.

The 25-year-old has been on loan at Spanish side Granada and impressed last season, making 44 appearances, and scoring eight goals.

Flamengo want him on loan, however apparently no such negotiations have so far taken place with Chelsea.

Flamenco’s director concedes it could be a difficult acquisition, as Kenedy is still contracted to the Blues, and would also command a high salary.

According to Extra, the player is currently residing in Brazil, rather than reporting back for Thomas Tuchel’s pre-season training camp.

Kenedy has not had many chances at Chelsea since joining in 2015 for around £6.2million.

Since then, he’s made just 27 appearances for the Blues, and only scored three times.

Instead, Chelsea managers have chosen to send the Brazilian out on loan, and he has so far had spells at Watford, Newcastle United, Getafe, and most recently Granada.

It would appear he has grown more and more frustrated at Chelsea, which is unsurprising given the number of chances he’s been given.

The winger’s apparent decision to not return to England will not go down well in Tuchel’s books.

By trying to drag out quite an unnecessary saga with Chelsea, the issue is likely only to become prolonged and tiresome for all parties involved.

Competition in Tuchel’s squad has only increased after last season’s emphatic Champions League win. Everyone will be wanting to prove to the German boss that they belong, and deserve, a place in his team.

A return to Brazil could settle Kenedy, and at only 25 years old, he could rediscover the form that got him his big move six years ago.

However, the future doesn’t look bright for Kenedy if he continues to cause Chelsea problems.

It could just be a sign of the player finally wanting out, but the way he’s gone about it will burn bridges in England and give him a reputation that will become hard to come back from.

Kenedy’s frustration seems to have now hit boiling point, and only time will tell when and how it is resolved.