Coventry have signed 22 year-old Newcastle midfielder Gael Bigirimana today on a one-year deal, after Gael was on loan to the Sky Blues earlier this year.
So Gael returns to the club he left four years ago to sign on at Newcastle for a £1M fee, when really big things were expected of him at that time.
Gael Bigirimana – joins Coventry City
This is what Newcastle have put out on their web-site:
Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana has rejoined League One side Coventry City on a permanent deal.
The 22-year-old Burundi international originally moved to the Magpies from the Sky Blues in July 2012 and also had a loan spell back at the Ricoh Arena last season.
Bigirimana made 25 appearances for United in all competitions during his four years on Tyneside, but hasn’t featured for the first team since a League Cup tie at Morecambe in August 2013.
Everyone at Newcastle United wishes Gael all the best for his future at Coventry.
Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray said this:
“I’m looking forward to working with Gael again and I’m sure he’ll add a valuable option to our midfield third.
“We’re in an extremely busy period of fixtures so it is important we have depth in key areas. We know from last season the quality Gael can offer to the squad and I think he is pleased to be back in the West Midlands.
“Gael is still young, but having married in the summer and moving back ‘home’, I think we have signed a more mature and focused footballer.”
“I am sure he can rediscover the form that made him such a popular player in his first spell at the club.”
Gael made a great start in his first season at Newcastle playing 24 times with one goal for the club, but since then things have gone downhill for the youngster and he played only one more game for Newcastle.
Here are the ins and outs at Newcastle this summer with Gael the 15th player to leave the club this summer.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Ajax|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - January||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|