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Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Finn

New Newcastle signing Kenedy has a tattoo on his neck that says: “Forgive me mum for my crazy life.”

Above it there’s a drawing of lipstick-red lips and a fist doing a one-fingered salute.

Crazy life to crazy club – the odds are that the 21-year-old might enjoy life on Tyneside

The young Brazilian will certainly add personality to Rafa Benitez’s squad – he didn’t stop smiling as he chatted after training yesterday ahead of a possible debut against Burnley tomorrow.

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Why is his life crazy?

“Because it gives me things I never dreamed of having,” he said. And does his mum forgive him? “I don’t know. Maybe!”

He flashed the ink on his left thigh. “It’s my favourite Bob Marley line: You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.”

And he recognised it could be applied to himself, stepping out of the shadows at Chelsea into a relegation battle in front of 52,000 Geordies.

It was pointed out to ­Kenedy that he shares a ­surname, Nascimento, with Pele. “Yes, he is my uncle.”

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“No, it’s my joke!”

Kenedy is Benitez’s only signing in January and could remain so given the failure of bids to land Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool and Nicolai Jorgensen from Feyenoord yesterday.

He admits to knowing little about Newcastle’s history but is aware he is the fourth Brazilian to play on Tyneside.

“I know the first was ­Mirandinha,” he said. “And I have watched Goal!”

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In the movie of that name a young South American hopeful makes his name at St James’ Park before switching to Real Madrid.

“Good movie,” he said with a thumbs-up.

Kenedy made headlines during a Chelsea pre-season tour of the Far East for ill-judged comments about China. Asked if he regretted it, he replied: “It was a good experience training there and getting to visit China.

“But I am here now. I’m waiting to feel the reception of the fans and the support of the fans and I will do my best for them.”

“I just think about doing my best. It doesn’t matter if I go back to Chelsea or stay here. I just want to do my best.”

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The former Fluminense star spent time at Watford last season but struggled with injuries and made just one appearance for the Hornets.

He believes that under Benitez he will prove he can cut it as a Premier League player.

“Rafa is a great coach, I think he can teach me a lot of things and with him I can improve my career,” he said.

“He had a big role in the decision to come here. At the moment I just need to play and do my best.”

The effervescent winger admitted he made the move north on the advice of his Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

“He told me I need more time playing time,” he said. “It’s my dream to play in the Premier League.”

Can he make an impact on Tyneside? He’ll have to if Newcastle are to survive in the top flight.

“I believe I can help my colleagues to get out of the situation we are in,” he added.

“I want to grab this opportunity at Newcastle and all that comes with it.”

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