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Rafa Benitez praises Jamal Lascelles' professionalism amidst Chelsea interest

Rafa Benitez praises Jamal Lascelles' professionalism amidst Chelsea interest

Rafa Benitez says he is happy for Chelsea loanee Kenedy's valuation to soar as it means he will be performing well for Newcastle.

According to Simon Bird for the Mirror, the Blues are interested in the centre-back as they look to prepare for next season, with Lascelles said to be valued at £30 million.

"You can't stop speculation about players, but I was talking with him for a while last week and the focus is just trying to improve his game", Sky Sports News quotes Benitez as saying.

Kenedy has impressed during his loan spell at Newcastle United.

'I imagine in the intervening time he's conscious of he has to proceed progressing and learning, nevertheless he is pretty happy proper right here'.

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While few players, if any, could replicate John Terry's impact at Stamford Bridge, Lascelles has the potential to be a similarly important leader as he garners more top-level experience.

Kenedy has scored twice and contributed two assists in his eight league appearances for Newcastle, helping to win seven points for the team in the process.

If Lascelles does get an offer from Chelsea in the summer, you have to assume that his head will be turned, irrespective of what Benitez claims.

Lascelles arrived at St James from Nottingham Forest in a double handle keeper Karl Darlow by way of the summer season of 2014 with the pair immediately returning to the Metropolis Ground on season-long mortgage provides.

The Englishman will also be hoping to make the World Cup squad for his country in Russian Federation this summer.


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