Ryan: Real talk a surprise

Socceroo goalkeeper Mat Ryan has admitted he was completely unaware Spanish giant Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing him, with the youngster stating it’s just business as usual at his Belgium side Club Brugge.

According to his former coach at the Central Coast Mariners, Graham Arnold, the European superclub is interested in the western Sydney product.

But Ryan says that he was completely unaware of Real’s alleged interest.

“I have no idea if it’s true or not,” Ryan told FourFourTwo. “I woke up to the news. [It’s] business as usual.”

Ryan has been a sensation in the Belgium Pro League in his debut season, making 37 appearances and helping Club Brugge challenge for the title.

Club Brugge finished second in the regular season and faces rival Standard Liege on Sunday in a crunch play-off match, with Ryan’s side four points behind the league leaders.

“It’s do or die for us on Sunday,” said the 22-year-old.

Club Brugge suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to Anderlecht last weekend with the Standard Liege clash a must-win game.

A spectacular late own goal by Brugge's Thomas Meunier handed Anderlecht the victory.

“Last week everyone was disappointed,” Ryan said.

Ryan is expected to be the Socceroos number one in Brazil, with Mitchell Langerak struggling for game time in Germany.

The keeper confirmed that he was still in negotiations with Club Brugge about a new deal, who are keen to extend his contract.

“I’m still talking with the club,” Ryan said.