Socceroo Mat Ryan set to join La Liga club

The career trajectory of goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has continued to rocket skywards, with the Australia international set to join Valencia, pending a medical.

Ryan, 23, left the Central Coast Mariners for Club Brugge in 2013 after winning the A-League title in Gosford.

He has enjoyed two hugely impressive seasons in the Belgian Pro-League, winning individual accolades, the Belgian Cup and the Asian Cup with the Socceroos.

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The next challenge for the shot-stopper will be to dislodge Brazilian international Diego Alves, the incumbent number one at La Liga outfit Valencia.

Mat Ryan's Club Brugge remain on top in the Belgian Pro League.

"If I pass my medical tests, I will indeed leave Club Brugge," Ryan said in a statement on the Belgian side's website, confirming his impending departure to Spain.

"It was a pleasure to work at such a warm, family club. The club did everything to make me keep an extra year, which made the choice even harder. I had a great time here in Bruges. But I feel that it is time to take this step." 

Ryan had signed a new contract as recently as November, with Valencia – who finished fourth in La Liga last season to qualify for the UEFA Champions League – reportedly paying five million pounds to secure his services.

"Last year I had some nice offers, but this time I just could not refuse," he said.

Maty Ryan

"I am grateful for the opportunities Club Brugge gave me, as a young player, I could not imagine a better place to grow. 

"I have every confidence in the future of 'black and blue', I keep track already from the first row as a supporter. Finally, a big thank you to the best fans in Belgium."

Ryan leaves behind former Central Coast team-mate Bernie Ibini, who joined Club Brugge last month only to fracture his shin on the first day of pre-season training.