Australian international goalkeeper Matthew Ryan signed a six year contract with Spanish side Valencia from Belgian outfit Bruges on Tuesday. The 23-year-old — who played for Australia at last year’s World Cup finals — has been at Bruges since 2013 but Valencia signed him because they believe he has the qualities required to play in the Champions League — they are in the play-offs having finished fourth in La Liga last term. Valencia president Layhoon Chan, who has been in charge since Amadeo Salvo stepped down on July 1, said it hadn’t been easy finding a goalkeeper who could meet the challenges of the Champions League. However, Chan said Ryan — who played 58 times for Bruges last season as they finished second in their league race — fitted the bill. “Matthew maybe young, but he is ambitious and has great potential,” Chan was quoted as saying on the club’s website. “What is more he has experience at both European […]

Liverpool’s search for fresh goalkeeping talent has brought up a new name: Matthew Ryan. Liverpool are scouting the highly rated Australian No 1 Matthew Ryan, as they consider a long-term solution for their goalkeeper problems. Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, and the Anfield transfer committee are closely monitoring Ryan, who plays his club football for Belgian side Club Brugge. There is no immediate prospect of a bid this month, but a potential summer move is under discussion. Ryan is on international duty with his country at the Asia Cup, where his promise has been widely discussed. Liverpool are among a host of Premier League clubs who have dispatched scouts for the competition held in Australia. Brugge’s former sporting director, Arnar Gretarsson, is among those who believes that Ryan has already determined his future is in the Premier League. “I don’t see him staying for much longer at Club Brugge. I think he will move to a bigger team, possibly for […]