Coventry City technical director admits interest in Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana

The former England under-20 international spent last season on loan with the Sky Blues.

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray

Coventry City are considering re-signing Gael Bigirimana from Newcastle United, as revealed by their technical director Mark Venus in an interview with the Coventry Telegraph.

The 22-year old spent most of last season on loan with the Sky Blues and impressed enough to warrant a possible permanent move this summer, with just one year remaining on his current Newcastle deal.

“Gael has another year at Newcastle and I have spoken to them but I haven’t done anything concrete, just got a position from them and then it’s up to the gaffer really,” said Venus.

Newcastle fans

Venus suggested that manager Tony Mowbray is prioritising the future of Player of the Year John Fleck before deciding on further signings but suggests Bigirimana could have a role to play at the Ricoh Arena in the future.

“Gael is a good pro, he came and had a little bit of a frustrating time and didn’t get enough minutes on the pitch as he would have liked,” he added.

“But Gael has got talent and he’s only young. He’s played 20-odd games in the Premier League. He left this club in the Championship and he ticks boxes to get the job done in this league but, again, it’s up to the gaffer.”

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

The Newcastle midfielder came through the Sky Blues’ academy before joining the Magpies in July 2012 and he is likely to be allowed to leave St James Park this summer, with Rafa Benitez unlikely to find a place for him in his plans.

Benitez is tasked with the difficult challenge of constructing a squad capable of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking and he will have a clear idea of what such a squad looks like.

Cashing in on those deemed surplus to requirements will therefore be a crucial part of the rebuilding process over the next few months.

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