Sydney: 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 and international level, notably at last year`s World Cup finals."