Newcastle loan player, Gael Bigirimana, has had his loan period extended at Coventry City by three weeks.

The former Coventry player headed back to his old club on loan in November and that loan spell ended on Sunday (3 January).

Recent days have seen claims that the Sky Blues are trying to sort a permanent deal for Gael Bigirimana and this very short extension would appear to back that up.

The extra few weeks will allow the midfielder to stay at Coventry and continue to train and play with his on-loan team-mates, whilst at the same give time to sort a permanent arrangement out.

Tony Mowbray recently admitted that deals to bring the likes of Gael Bigirimana and Joe Cole to Coventry on permanent deals weren’t straightforward, with the amounts of wages still owed to the players for the remainder of their contracts at Villa and Newcastle, something that Coventry can’t match.

Newcastle United Official Statement:

‘Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana has extended his loan spell at Coventry City until Sunday, 24th January.

The 22-year-old initially joined the League One promotion-chasers in November, on an emergency loan deal until the start of this month.

And after five appearances for the Sky Blues – in which Bigirimana is yet to taste defeat – that agreement has now been extended.

Bigirimana joined Newcastle from Coventry in July 2012, and the Burundi international has made 13 Premier League appearances, as well as being a regular for the Club’s under-21 side.’

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