Teenager wants to fight his way into manager’s plans.
Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana has said that he will turn down the chance to go out on loan this season in order to stay and fight for his place at St James’ Park, Sky Sports reports.
The powerful midfielder has been linked with a loan move away from the club this summer as he continues his search for regular first team football, and there was reported heavy interest in the former Coventry City man.
However, Bigirimana insists he has no immediate plans to go out on loan and is determined to push his claims to be a regular in Pardew’s side.
“People can say it’s best for me to go on loan, but I’m not going anywhere,” Bigirimana told The Shields Gazette.
“I’m going to stay here. I’m going to be patient, and I’m going to work my socks off.
“I showed last year that I didn’t look out of place in the big games. That’s not being big-headed. That’s how I feel I did.
“So I’m not going on loan. My target this season is to fight. You never know how the season can change.
“Patience is the key. In football, you’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to stay fit and keep working in training.”
Bigirimana joined Newcastle from Coventry City last summer and in his first season in the Premier League he managed to make a solid 25 appearances across all competitions, scoring once.