NEWCASTLE UNITED have confirmed the signing of Chelsea winger Kenedey on a season-long loan deal.

The Brazilian winger enjoyed a successful loan spell at St James' Park last season, and returns for the whole of next season.

However, Newcastle have been unable to secure a clause enabling them to complete a guaranteed permanent deal at the end of the loan arrangement.

Kenedy initially joined the Magpies on loan in January, and scored two goals in his 13 appearances last season.

The 22-year-old becomes Newcastle’s third addition of the summer, following the permanent acquisitions of Martin Dubravka and Ki Sung-yueng.

He has joined up with the rest of the Magpies squad at the club's pre-season camp in Ireland and will train this morning.

Kenedy said: "I am so happy with this interest from Rafa Benítez, that he came back for me.

"I want to keep it going, the work that I did here before, for the new season.

"I have received many, many messages on social media from the fans. They made me feel appreciated, so I wanted to come here in this new season and give everything on the pitch."

Benitez added: "I’m really pleased to have Kenedy back with us. I’m sure every fan will be happy with this signing.

"Hopefully he can keep playing at the same level that he reached with us last season. I wish him all the best for his time here."