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Kenedy has a bright future at Chelsea.

Kenedy can be a star under Antonio Conte at Chelsea next season

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Chelsea's abysmal defence of their Premier League title last season is now widely regarded as the worst in English football history.

From off-pitch controversy to player-manager fallouts, the Blues often found themselves in the news for all the wrong reasons.

However, amidst all the mediocrity, Chelsea unearthed a bright prospect in Brazilian starlet Kenedy, who secured a five-year deal and £6.3 million move from Fluminense last summer.

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After becoming a professional player at the age of 17, Kenedy spent three years in South American's top-flight before being offered the opportunity to join one of Europe's elite sides.

The presence of Chelsea's Brazilian contingent - Oscar, Willian and Ramires - helped the 20-year-old find his feet at Stamford Bridge.

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Despite only making seven starts in all competitions last term, Kenedy performed whenever called upon, even if it meant being played outside of his comfort zone.

His strike after 39 seconds against Norwich City in March was the 2015/16 term's fastest goal, whilst a stellar performance against Walsall in the League Cup led to a goal and superb assist.

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Chelsea fans were understandably optimistic of his future thereafter; it's a good job the Blues decided against sending Kenedy out on loan like the majority of youngsters are in west London.

With consistent playing time, the Brazilian starlet has the potential to improve further and become an important player for incoming manager Antonio Conte next season.

The Italian boss is well known for his inclination to nurture young talents and could help Kenedy realise his vast potential.

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It would seem the forward possesses the right attitude to succeed too, with Guus Hiddink once praising him for his willingness to learn from those around him.

At 20-years-old, Kenedy has time on his side to develop into a future Premier League star - and he has the perfect platform to do so at Chelsea.

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