Ryan keeps club options open

Club Brugge’s Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan has committed to the Belgian side for the next four years but still harbours ambitions of playing in England or Spain one day.

Ryan signed a new deal with Club Brugge last week, tying him to the Blue-Blacks until 2018.

The 22-year old has been in outstanding form with Club Brugge in both Belguim’s domestic competition and the Europa League this season.

But Ryan revealed to FourFourTwo he has a buyout clause in his new contract should a big club from Germany, England, Italy or Spain, come in for him.

“I re-signed because I am really enjoying my football there,” he said.

“I love the club, I know we will always be competing for trophies and be competing in Europe. For me at this stage of my career that is very important.”

Ryan has been linked with the likes of Tottenham and Real Madrid in the past, but said he was not aware of any interest from any big European clubs at the moment.

“I don't really think it's very common for there to be offers for a keeper at this stage of the season,” he said.

“Most teams only really buy goalkeepers in the off-season. But me signing this new deal doesn't change anything.

“I have some things in the new contract that, if that situation comes up, hopefully it would ease that process.

“I don't want to force a move by coming off contract. I think it's much more beneficial if I'm playing well that a team comes in and pays a fee, which would show that they really want me.”

Ryan was named Goalkeeper of the Year in Belgium last season and has recently earned praise from the likes of Torino manager Giampiero Ventura.

The Socceroo has made no secret that he wants to experience playing in one of Europe’s top four leagues at some point in his career, following in the footsteps of compatriots Mark Schwarzer, Mark Bosnich and Zelkjo Kalac.

“I still have that ambition and hopefully will achieve that somewhere in the future,” Ryan said.