Medical completed as Chelsea midfielder moves closer to highly anticipated deal

Chelsea midfielder Kenedy is on his way to Newcastle United to join Rafa Benitez’s side this summer, after his successful six-month loan deal last season, with Sky Sports reporting the player has competed for a medical.

The Brazil winger was one of the best players for Newcastle last season after he moved from Chelsea in January, to play at the St. James’ Park for the last six months of the season.

Playing majority of the time on the flanks, Kenedy made 13 appearances for Newcastle and scored two goals in the process, setting the stage alight as the Magpies kept their place in the Premier League, amid slight danger of being relegated.

The 22-year old is thought to be highly ranked by former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager Benitez and is keen to be reunited with his target.

A deal is likely to be confirmed soon but according to the report by Sky Sports, there is no clause to buy permanently after the loan deal this season.

Eden Hazard’s response when asked about France’s performance vs Belgium

Belgium’s Golden Generation have fallen short once again.

After exiting both the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 at the quarter-final stage, Belgium managed to go one further in Russia but was dumped out by France in the first semi-final.

Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal of the game courtesy of a glancing header from a corner.

France had chances to extend their lead but was denied by the impressive Thibaut Courtois.

Belgium certainly had their opportunities, but Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku picked the wrong time to have serious off days.

Had it not been for the brilliance of Eden Hazard, though, the Red Devils would have struggled to impose themselves in an attacking sense.

Throughout the 90 minutes, Chelsea’s main man was constantly probing and putting Les Bleus on the back foot.

And Hazard made sure he left the tournament with a bang courtesy of his post-match comments about France.

He said to reporters: “I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France.”

Would you like some salt with that, Eden?

Hazard wasn’t the only one who criticised Didier Deschamps’ tactics, with Courtois adding his own salt to the situation.

“France has played anti-football,” the goalkeeper said. “I have not yet experienced that a striker plays so far from goal. It’s their right to play like that… but it’s not nice to see.

“Not only the French tactics but the referee… he didn’t call well at all.”

Even De Bruyne got involved, but the Manchester City playmaker took a classier approach than his international colleagues.

“Have I been annoyed by France? No, I play at City,” he said.

“I play against teams that play so defensively 90% of the time. That is football. What they do, they do well. Both teams have had opportunities. That one goal makes the difference.”

All three raise a valid point, but what did they expect, France to play into their hands?

Les Bleus showed elite organization throughout and countered superbly, creating the better chances.

It might not have been chaotic entertainment, but it was the game management of the highest order.

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