Midfielder Becomes 15th Player To Leave Newcastle

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.

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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.

PlayerFeeClub
INCOMING
Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
OUTGOING
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M