Jonjoe Kenny has enjoyed a successful loan spell with FC Schalke 04 from Everton, and he reportedly wants to stay in the Bundesliga.
FC Schalke 04 have taken on quite a few loan signings in the 2019-2020 season. While Barcelona left back Juan Miranda and forward Michael Gregoritsch haven’t been regulars in the lineup, right back Jonjoe Kenny and center back Jean-Clair Todibo have been two of the league’s top performers when on the pitch.
Todibo can be purchased permanently, thought Schalke will now have trouble meeting the 30 million euro asking price for the future superstar center back. Meanwhile, the Royal Blues don’t have an option to purchase Kenny, but they would probably love to keep the England international if it’s possible.
According to a report from BILD, via Rune Gjerulff of Bulinews.com, Kenny wants to stay at Schalke.
However, as with Todibo, the Royal Blues will have trouble affording a permanent transfer. Therefore, BILD reports that Schalke could look to extend their loan deal with Everton for Kenny by one more year.
Kenny was replaced by Monaco loanee Djibril Sidibe at right back, and Sidibe is a star player in his own right. If Everton keep Sidibe permanently, that could change how much they value Kenny. But if Sidibe returns to Monaco despite being a top performer for the Toffees in 2019-2020, then Kenny, as a talented 23-year-old England international, becomes even more valuable.
There’s no doubt that Kenny has taken to Schalke well, and he’s reportedly a big fan of the club and the city. And both the fans and the organization love Kenny, who has relished being a regular starter at one of the Bundesliga’s biggest clubs.
He’s a tenacious defender and athletic attacking player who always gives it his all. Kenny especially enjoys the physical nature of derby games, and Schalke partake in one of Europe’s biggest derbies against Borussia Dortmund.
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Schalke will hope they can sign another loan deal with Everton for Kenny, and perhaps that will give them some time to build up funds and purchase the player. If not, another year of Kenny sounds great for everyone involved, even if it doesn’t end up being permanent. It’s great to hear that he’s enjoying his time in Gelsenkirchen and wants to stay. And it’s not a surprise to hear this either, based on what we’ve seen from him at the Veltins-Arena.