Australian Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan to Valencia CF

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Mathew Ryan has come a long way since leaving as an A-League champion in 2013. He has started in 3 World Cup Games, Won the Belgian Pro-League, Belgian Cup, Won the Asian Cup in Australia, Played in the Europa League and now he has finally achieved another great honour as he has signed on with one of Spain & Europe’s biggest clubs in Valencia CF.

Following his success in the Asian Cup where he was crowned Goalkeeper of the Tournament, Club Brugge were quick to lock Ryan up until 2018 and also added a buy out clause which would show him that a club was really serious about him if it was ever triggered. Well now he knows – Valencia is really eager to have him. Valencia’s first choice goalkeeper is Brazilian International Diego Alves who is still a top quality keeper at age 30. It will be a tough position for Ryan to cement but he will have a wealth of experience to learn from and with Valencia featuring in numerous competitions he should have an opportunity to show what he can offer the Spanish giants.

Ryan had been eyed by various top clubs who were tracking his performances with Liverpool heavily rumoured to be interested in signing him when their keepers were struggling.

Ryan addressed the Club Brugge fans in a statement on the club’s website where he informed fans:

“If I pass my medical tests, I will indeed leave Club Brugge. It’s been a joy to be in this warm and amical club. They have done everything they could to keep me another year which made it even harder for me to make this choice. I’ve had a wonderful time at the club but now it’s time to take this next step. Last season I already declined a nice offer, but this time I couldn’t. I’m very grateful that Club gave me this chance in Europe. For a young lad there’s no better club to develop. I have faith that The Blues will add more silverware soon and I’m their number one fan from now on. And last but not least: a big thank you for the best fans of Belgium!”

Although transfer fees have not been disclosed to the public it is safe to assume that Valencia were forced to spend a tidy sum to secure the services of the promising young Australian #1. The contract is reported to be for the next six years. We are wishing Mat all the best with his new club.

 

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