Following the loan agreement with Taiwo Awoniyi, KAA Gent and Liverpool now also closed a loan deal for the 18 years old Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo Cordoba (°27th September 1999). Cordoba can be used as a right or left back. Last season he was loaned to Real Mallorca. Important to know: Liverpool FC were very impressed by the training center facilities and the professional coaching of Taiwo Awoniyi. As soon as Liverpool knew that KAA Gent were looking for an extra defender they proposed Anderson Arroyo Cordoba. So KAA Gent would like to thank Liverpool FC for the confidence in our club and we hope to continue the collaboration in the future!
Mali striker Kalifa Coulibaly is leaving KAA Gent and has signed a contract with FC Nantes. He signed his contract with our club on 21st June 2016 as a switch for the future and a potential replacement whenever Laurent Depoitre would leave the club. Coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck was very enthusiastic about his work rate and his endeavor. Soon Coulibaly showed he was a proven goalscorer who scored important goals, especially in important European games. So his nickname became “Mr.Europe”.
Roman Yaremchuk signed a 4 year contract with KAA Gent today. Yaremchuk, a 21 year old Ukranian striker, is a product of the youth academy at Dynamo Kiev. Last season, from juli until december, he was on loan at Ukranian Premier League team Oleksandria where he scored 5 goals in 11 games, after which he was called back to Dynamo Kiev. Yaremchuk is 1m91 tall and a fast and technically gifted striker.
After 3 succesful seasons, the Israeli defender, Rami Gershon, is leaving the Buffalo’s and signs a 5 years’ deal with Israeli side Maccabi Haifa. Gershon has been playing in Belgium since 2010 and it was in 2014 that he signed for our club where he became one of the defensive strongholds. During our Championship season (2014-2015) he was one of the regular defenders and became famous for his legendary assist for our first goal in the decisive title match against Standard Luik (21st May 2015). Later on he was struggling with injuries for most of our Champions League campaign and only featured against Wolfsburg for 90 minutes. Rami played up to 101 matches for KAA Gent. He became a familiar legend and was one of the team that eliminated Tottenham last year in the Europa League in our 100th European match. He will always be remembered as a tough, very fair defender who gave the best of himself. Always friendly, on and off the field, always working for the team…THANK YOU RAMI AND GOOD LUCK !
Midfield dynamo DAMIEN MARCQ (°8/12/1988) left Sporting Charleroi to sign a deal with KAA Gent. Last season he was the midfield stronghold and one of the star players of Charleroi. This French player did start his football career with Boulogne and then played for Caen, Dijon and Sedan before coming to Belgium. He is a strong, hardworking and technically skilled midfield player. Another gem for our club!
The 21 years old winger, Lior Inbrum, has signed a 4 years contract with KAA Gent. Lior comes over from the Israelian club FC Ashdod where he used to play as a winger or as a centerforward. He is of Ethiopian origin but has the Israelian nationality.
Franko Andrijasevic (°22/06/1991) has signed a 5 years contract with KAA Gent. He is a very talented freescoring midfielder who features for the national team and who was voted Player of the Year with his former club HNK Rijeka with which he won the double after scoring 18 goals in all competitions together. This is one of the biggest transfers in the history of our club!
Jeremy Taravel is being loaned out (with an option to buy) until the end of the season to Swiss side FC Sion.
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.
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:
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.
Today Matz Sels signed a 5 year contract at Newcastle United. Matz leaves KAA Gent after three seasons with a Belgian Championship title and the Belgian Supercup under his belt. As a Buffalo he also made his debut in the national team and he was one of the key players during our amazing Champions League campaign in 2015-2016. Finally he was elected Best Goalkeeper of Belgium in two separate elections, one of them being awarded by his colleagues.