Official: Ryan signs six-year Valencia deal

Los Che have completed a swoop for the Socceroos shot-stopper, who now has a chance to prove himself at the very highest level in La Liga

Mathew Ryan is relishing the chance to establish himself as first-choice goalkeeper at Valencia after completing his switch to Mestalla on Tuesday.

The Australia international pens a six-year deal with the Liga club after passing a medical, with Valencia having already agreed a deal with Club Brugge for the 23-year-old.

Ryan - who has 18 caps for his country - will challenge to become Nuno Espirito Santo's No.1, with Diego Alves still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury, and he is looking forward to the next step in his career.

"[I am] very happy and excited to be joining a club as big as Valencia," he told the club's official website. "I know that the club is a very important institution in the world of football, and that this move is a big step in my professional career.

"I was following Valencia in La Liga last season. They are a side with fantastic players, who had a great campaign and took fourth place in the league. Our main objective now is to qualify for the Champions League."


Valencia will enter this season's Champions League in the play-off round, hoping to reach the group stages for the first time since 2012-13.