Newcastle United's Gael Bigirimana admits future on Tyneside is looking bleak

Newcastle United’s Gael Bigirimana is open to joining loan side Coventry City permanently.

Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana says his future on Tyneside is looking bleak and admits a permanent switch back to Coventry City appeals to him, the Coventry Telegraph report.

The 22-year-old midfielder joined Newcastle from Coventry in the summer of 2012 but a lack of first-team opportunities has seen him return to the Ricoh Arena on loan until January.

With competition for places at Newcastle fierce, Bigirimana is likely to struggle to make any headway in the North East and, considering his age, he must start looking at the bigger picture.

Speaking to the Coventry Telegraph, the youngster says his chances of staying with Newcastle are now slim and the thought of a permanent switch to Coventry is definitely appealing.

“At the moment the chances [of staying at Newcastle] seem less because it’s going to be three seasons now that I haven’t played even two games in a row for the first team,” Bigirimana added.

“But in football you never know. It all depends on the two clubs, whether the guys at Newcastle think they have me in their plan. It’s up to Coventry to convince them how much they want me to stay here.”

“I would love to build my career up again in the place I call home.”

The former England U20 international has only ever made 13 Premier League appearances for Newcastle, with his last game coming in March 2013.

Predominantly a defensive midfielder, Bigirimana is good in the tackle and calm in possession. He would make a good addition for a Championship side, let alone a return to League One.

Newcastle, under boss Steve McClaren, are looking at featuring younger players and watching them reach their potential on Tyneside, yet simply not all will be afforded the opportunity to play.

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