Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gael: Partnering Vurnon Would Be a Big Thrill

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gael: Partnering Vurnon Would Be a Big Thrill

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Byline: LEE RYDER

GAEL BIGIRIMANA is hoping to continue his partnership with Dutch international Vurnon Anita tonight against Atromitos.

The Newcastle United youngster was entrusted to star alongside the former Ajax ace in the engine room in the western suburbs of Athens in the first leg - and helped the Magpies bank a 1-1 draw in the Europa League fourth qualifying round.

Bigirimana arrived from Coventry City this summer for a knockdown fee and sees his experience as a learning curve.

However, tonight could be big business for the Magpies as they look to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League.

Bigirama told the Chronicle: "Vurnon played a great game, and I am just learning from all these players.

"Cheick and Yohan Cabaye are very good friends - just like brothers - and they are helping me here "They are good people and I am learning every day.

"You take things one step at a time, and in this football life, if you work hard, you will earn your rewards. …

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