Newcastle midfielder wants move to club where he is respected and given game time

Gael Bigirimana, currently on loan at Coventry City, is highly unlikely to return to St. James' Park this summer.

Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana has told the Coventry Telegraph that he wants to be at a club next season where the manager can offer him regular game time and "respects" him as a player, as quoted by the Chronicle.

Bigirimana has been back on loan at Coventry City, the club from whom the Magpies signed him as an 18-year-old for a reported fee of around £1 million in 2012, since November but has played just 10 times in five months back at the Ricoh Arena.

The 22-year-old Burundi international's career has failed to kick on since making 24 appearances in his debut season at St. James' Park after arriving as a hotly-tipped prospect four years ago.

In fact, he has not played a single competitive minute for the Magpies since his final match of that season almost exactly three years ago, and he also endured a torrid loan spell at Rangers in the second half of last campaign, failing to make a single appearance in four months.

Bigirimana has been recalled to start for Tony Mowbray's side in the recent matches against Gillingham and Peterborough United, but he insisted that it is crucial to him that he is at a club next season where he will be both played regularly and respected.

The midfielder told the Coventry Telegraph, as quoted by the Chronicle: "I want to be somewhere where a manager gives me a chance, respects me as a player and I can play games. So whichever manager offers me that, that’s where I hope I will end up.

"At the moment my concentration is at Coventry. Wherever Newcastle finish, if they stay up or get relegated, that’s football and you just have to get on with it, but at the moment I want to fight for Coventry to get into the play-offs."

Bigirimana has a year left on the five-year contract he signed when he initially joined Newcastle, but it appears unlikely that he will remain at the club when he returns upon the expiration of his loan deal at the Sky Blues.

One thing which could have an impact is whether or not the Magpies go down this season, as relegation would likely see the club offload a number of high-earning stars in a bid to cut costs.

Newcastle are six points adrift of safety heading into Saturday's clash with Southampton at St. Mary's, while Bigirimana will be hoping to start again as Coventry take on Wigan Athletic.

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