Gael Bigirimana’s signing is the good news for today for Newcastle United fans, and now all we need is another seven or eight good days (or maybe more), when the club can bring in some top senior players to the club, and a few more top Development players.
Gael Bigirimana – during his interview this afternoon
Bigirimana arrives with a great reputation for being a very promising defensive midfield player, and he has just signed a five year deal at Newcastle, and has been interviewed this afternoon by Rob Scanlon of nufcTV.
The 18 year-old talked about being at Coventry City since he was 11 years old, and continually thanked the Coventry club for taking good care of him.
He seems a down to earth lad, who comes across as very modest and even humble, and he seems to have a burning ambition to improve – so he’s at the right club at Newcastle.
It’s a great interview so any of you who have a subscription to nufcTV it’s definitely worth a viewing of the interview.
Here’s some of what Gael had to say to Rob Scanlon this afternoon, and he first talked about how he first got to introduce himself to Coventry City:
“I moved with my family and we lived in Coventry,” “One day I was just going with my brother to buy some milk at Asda and then I looked to my right and there was this center where the Coventry youth team Academy trained. There was something in me – like a voice – just said ‘go and ask to train.’
“The next day, I went there and I just asked if I could train and stuff. They were kind of like, ‘this is awkward, you can’t just come in here and ask to train. We have to come and watch you and scout you if you’re good!’
“So I gave them the name of my school and they told me ‘if you’ve got a school match, we’ll come and watch you.’ I was excited – I was like ‘yes, they’ll come and watch me and I’ll have my chance’ – and I just started jogging off because I was excited.
“Then as I was running, they stopped me. They called me back and I thought ‘there’s no-one around me so it’s got to be me that they’re calling.’ So I went back and they asked me: ‘are you good enough?’. I just said: ‘well you’ll have to wait and see if you give me a chance.’
“They asked me if I had any shin pads and stuff and I said yes – but I didn’t! The next day, I went and trained with them and from then it’s just been an amazing journey.”
Gael continued to say that Coventry were like family to him, and certainly his English is very good, and it should be even better in a couple of years with a Geordie twang to it – he could even take lessons from Tim Krul? 😀
Here’s the holding midfielder thanking Coventry City for all they did for him, and the Sky Blues obviously took very good care of the youngster, to their enormous credit:
“They have been like my second family because for the last seven or eight years I’ve been with them most of the time. They’re just like my family and they’ve changed me so much as a person and as a footballer.”
“I used to be a centre-back but the Coventry Academy Manager Greg Rioch said ‘I don’t want you to play there, I want you to play somewhere where there’ll be bodies around because it’s kind of too easy for you at center-back.”
“And now I realize that’s where I belong, in the middle. They were great people to have and they were like a great family.” “But you never get too many opportunities like this.” “It might come once in a lifetime and sometimes you just have to take it and go and learn.”
“It might be hard but life is not promised to be easy so that’s why I took the chance.” “I’m an all-rounder.” “If I have to do a job for the team, I do the job for the team; if I have to play as a holding player, I’ll hold; if I have to play more as a creator, I love creating and I love the style that Newcastle play.
“I’m a team player and to be around such good players, I will learn every day so hopefully I can break through.” “When I used to look at footballers, I used to think ‘they’re just different people’,” “You see them getting interviewed, you see all the profiles before the match and you think they’re on another planet.
“So for me to be doing this, it’s like somebody’s just having a laugh with me or something! But I’ve just got to enjoy every moment. It’s a blessing.”
Gail also said he would be learning from one of the best holding midfielders today – Cheick Tiote – and Gail thinks Cheick’s already one of the very best in the world at the moment.
Our impression of the lad is very positive having seen the interview, and with hard work and dedication to improving, there’s no reason this lad cannot become a top class player at Newcastle.
We wish him the very best at Newcastle, and we know the Tyneside club will take really good care of him and he’ll also have the full support of the Geordie fans, and we hope he fulfills his full potential at Newcastle United.