Samuel Gigot has left KV Kortrijk to sign a 4,5-year contract with our club. The 23-year old French player, born on 12th October 1993, is a right-footed defender and is 1m86 tall. He is young, fast, strong with the head and can still make a lot of progression.
Yuya Kubo explained that he was very convinced about his choice for KAA Gent: “Gent is a team that has a lot of ball posession and it will be fascinating to get to play and work with such a team. I’m here to improve myself and i feel that this is a place that gives me the chance to do that. The Belgian competition is a bit tougherthan the Swiss competition, so I will have to bring myself to a higher level. I need to challenge myself and improve in places where i can. To the question if he feels pressure being one of the most expensive transfers in the club’s history, he answered: “I wouldn’t call it pressure, more like responsibility to justify that sum.” Yuya also showed his ambition: “I want to play on Sunday. I’m well aware that this is an important match, but if I get the chance to play, I will be ready.”aan.”
His first contact with head coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck went very well:” The coach gave me the feeling he really wanted me in the team, which I appreciate very much. He’s a very ambitious coach that wants his team to bring good football.”
Our supporters are well known for their unconditional support for the players, which Kubo also noticed: “I hope the Gent fans will support me. I’ll do my best to play in important role in scoring goals and getting the team to win.” Yuya was also impressed by the team's Ghelamco Arena: "This is a very nice stadium and the grass felt good."
Furthermore, Yuya announced that he will be playing with the number 31 just like in Bern: "I've had this number since my first team Kyoto Sanga and it has brought me good luck so far so I'm glad I can keep it here."
Gent’s Chairman Ivan De Witte is very happy with Kubo’s transfer: “We’ve been interested in Kubo for quite q while, so I’m very proud we finalised this transfer. I believe in Kubo’s qualities.”
General manager Michel Louwagie gives some insight in the transfer proces: “This summer we showed interest in Kubo, but Young Boys Bern didn’t want to let him go because some other players were injured. We continued to follow him and in November Kubo asked his agent if Gent was still interested. He sees the Belgian competition as the next step in his carreer and is very realistic. He knows he’s not ready yet for a competition like for example the German one and is planning is carreer very well. That shows he’s grounded. He studied our club intensely, even during our difficult period at the end of last year, and was very convinced about going to Gent. We started our negotions at the beginning of January and mid January another big Belgian team suddenly showed interest. When it became clear our deal was about to be final, the other club called his agent once again to try and change his mind, but Yuya picked Gent. His agent kept his word, something that we can’t take for granted these days.
Ivan De Witte concluded the press conference by explaining the difference between players that are meant to immediately join the team, such as Yuya Kubo and Lovre Kalinic, and players who are an investment for the future. He also revealed there will be more transfers: “This is not the end. We’re still finalising some more transfers, both for immediate reinforcement and the future.”
Today Yuya Kubo, a 23 year old Japanese attacker, signed a contract with KAA Gent for 3,5 seasons. Kubo comes from the Swiss club Young Boys Bern, the team that eliminated our Europa League opponent Shakhtar Donetsk in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Kubo was the one to score the 2 goals in the winning home game. In the following penalty shoot, Kubo also converted his penalty (see video below). Despite his young age, Kubo has gained a lot of European experience. European experience. To thank him for his contribution to the team, Young Boys Bern posted this video:
More than 400 commercial partners were invited on Monday night for the annual New Year’s Reception. A welcome drink, a walking dinner and several speeches and interviews made an exceptional and interesting night.
Our president, Ivan De Witte, emphasized the ambition of the club: ”The club has reached 30% of its potential and I am very motivated to realise the other 70%. We did enjoy our first title and I am sure that we can go for another title in the near future!” For him, building a strong “community” is a priority. He did repeat that our coach, Hein Vanhaezebrouck, is a top coach who fits the club’s culture and philosophy perfectly and. He expressed his hope for the coach to stay with our club for many years. Furthermore, he also confirmed that some more transfers will be realized within the next few days.
General Manager Michel Louwagie explained how a transfer is done and illustrated this with the example of goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic: "It takes a long time to finalize such a transfer as Lovre was on our radar for many months; our ex-goalkeeper Luc Sanders even went to watch him several times in training. We also have a good cooperation with the club Trencin where we found players like Simon and Rabiu: now Samuel Kalu has joined our ranks!” . The money of the Champions League campaign is wisely spent on transfer and infrastructure: the club has already started building an extra training complex on the site of the third division side Racing Gent.
Coach Vanhaezebrouck made a thrilling speech about last season, success in football and things that do influence a game. To keep growing, every part of the club must be ready to grow, so the club has to put the right people with the right mentality on the right positions: "But I really feel that this club is actually growing in the right direction and you can see this on the team sheet where two youngsters, Thibault Desmet and Louis Verstraete, played there first minutes in the first team. Louis seems to be a familiar name with our fans as they already sing his name! Great times are awaiting us : some people were already a bit negative about our results but now we are back in the top 6 and wait…strange things can happen in the decisive ten games of the Play offs! We have already lost some points but a top 3 position is still possible!”
Six new players were introduced to the audience by our Communications Director Patrick Lips: Kalinic,Kalu, Tekie, Bjedov, Troost Ekong and Verstraete were all very positive and ambitious!
Watch the pictures: everybody was happy and satisfied!
Hein Vanhaezebrouck has announced his selection for the Jupiler Pro League game against KSC Lokeren OV. The selection contains 21 names, three of them will not make it into the final selection.
KAA Gent has started 2017 with a well-deserved 1-0 win against R CHarleroi SC. No goals were scored in the first half, Penneteau made a worldclass save on Mitrovic' header. The best was for the last half hour, when Milicevic opened the score with a header and a goal from Bjedov was disallowed incorrectly for offside. The tension remained as Baby hit the woodwork, but Gent managed to keep the three important points at home, which put them back in the top six of the ranking.
Lasse Nielsen is leaving KAA Gent for the Swedish team Malmö . Nielsen (°1988 ,Aalborg) did sign a contract with KAA Gent on 1st September 2014 and did play 111 official games. He scored two goals and gave 7 assists. He was part of the Champions team in 2014-2015 and helped the club to win the Supercup as well in 2015.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck has announced his selection for the Jupiler Pro League game against R Charleroi SC on Friday evening. The selection contains 19 names, one of them will not make the final selection.
The 19 year old Swedish midfielder Tesfaldet ‘Tess’ Tekie has signed a 3,5 years contract with KAA Gent. Tekie is a young talented midfield player who came from Eritrea to Sweden when he was 8 years old. Last season after the winterbreak he made his debut in the first team of Nörrkoping, the club which finally won the Championship. This season he was a regular player in almost all the matches. Tekie is a creative midfielder with vista and with the capability of giving decisive assists.
After more than 12 years Hannes Van der Bruggen is leaving our club. He has been playing 142 offial matches and he managed to score 14 goals. With KAA Gent he won the Championship title in 2015 as well as the Super Cup. In 2013, Hannes was voted Player of the Year (winning the Jean Claude Bouvy Award) by the supporters.
Birger Verstraete is leaving KV Kortrijk and signed a 3,5 years contract with our club. So the 22 years old midfielder is going to stay with KAA Gent till 2020.
During our training camp in Oliva (Spain) Darko Bjedov did sign a contract with our club for 2,5 years. Bjedov is a 27 years old Serbian striker who comes from the Serbian club Javor. Bjedov was the second best goalgetter at the moment in the Serbian highest division with 10 goals in 20 games.
Samuel Kalu signed a contract with KAA Gent for 3,5 seasons. The 19 year old Nigerian, born on 26/08/1997, was transferred from Slovakian champions AS Trencin and follows in the footsteps of compatriots Moses Simon and Ibrahim Rabiu. Just like Moses Simon he came from the GBS Academy in Nigeria and went to Trencin afterwards. Kalu is a right footed winger, very agile, fast and technically gifted. Samuel signed a contract until 2020 and will find the company of his compatriots Moses Simon, Ibrahim Rabiu, Anderson Esiti and Willem Troost-Ekong at KAA Gent.
Lovre Kalinic heeft een contract voor vier seizoenen getekend bij KAA Gent. De 26-jarige Kroatische doelman komt over van Hajduk Split, waar hij vanuit de jeugdreeksen doorstroomde naar het eerste elftal. Hij is ook Kroatisch international en maakte afgelopen zomer nog deel uit van de selectie voor het EK in Frankrijk. Kalinic ondertekende een contract tot eind juni 2021.
KAA Gent took a very good start against KRC Genk, but Bizot kept the home team level with some fine saves. Genk reacted very efficiently: a strike from Pozuelo and a penalty from Karelis gave Genk a 2-0 advantage before the break. The second half was less attractive and the score didn't change anymore, leaving Gent behind with no points.