Chelsea loanee Kenedy, currently on loan at Newcastle United, has revealed former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho called him “Favela” in recognition of Kenedy’s energy, enthusiasm and carefree perspective.
Chelsea signed Kenedy for £6.3million in 2015 and he immediately joined their pre-season tour of North America.
Kenedy recalls meeting Mourinho for the first time in the summer of 2015.
Kenedy told Daily Mail: “I arrived and he said to me, ‘Are you Kenedy?’ I said, ‘Yes, I am’. Jose said, ‘OK, let’s see if you can play the way they talk about you’.”
Asked if Mourinho felt Kenedy played the way he was talked about, Kenedy replied: “He never told me.
“But I like Jose a lot. I have a lot of respect for him. His nickname for me is ‘Favela’, in a kind way.”