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Valencia sign Australian international goalkeeper Matthew Ryan

Valencia sign Australian international goalkeeper Matthew Ryan

21/07/2015 at 17:42Updated 21/07/2015 at 19:25

Valencia have confirmed the signing of Club Brugge goalkeeper Matthew Ryan on a six-year contract.

The club’s official website reports Ryan’s arrival but doesn’t reveal the transfer fee, although reports from Belgium have suggested the cost is around €7m.

Ryan, who holds a UK passport, joins after two years in Belgium, having previously played for Central Coast Mariners.

He is the first-choice goalkeeper for the Australian national side after making his debut in 2012.

Valencia had been searching for a goalkeeper after Diego Alves suffered a serious knee injury at the end of the 2014-15 season.

“I’m very happy to come to a big club like Valencia. I know it’s a very important institution in world football and this move is a big step in my career,” Ryan is quoted as saying.

“Valencia are a side with fantastic players, who had a great campaign and finished fourth in the league. Our main objective now is Champions League qualification.”

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