Socceroo Mat Ryan to join La Liga giants Valencia

Socceroo goalkeeper Mat Ryan is set to leave Belgian side Club Brugge and sign for Spanish giants Valencia, pending a medical.

According to reports, Ryan will join Valencia for a fee of around $AUS10.6 million.

The 23-year old arrived at Club Brugge in 2013 from the Central Coast Mariners and made over 70 appearances, claiming the Belgian Cup and impressing in the Europa League last season.

For the past two seasons he has been named the Belgian Pro League’s Goalkeeper of the Year.

Ryan confirmed the move in a statement on the club’s website.

"If I pass my medical tests, I will indeed leave club,” he said.

“It was a pleasure to work in such a warm and family club. The club did everything to make me keep an extra year at Club, which is the choice even harder.

“I had a great time here in Bruges. But I feel that it is time to take this step. Last year I had some nice offerings, but this time I could not really refuse.

“I am grateful for the opportunities they 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 has been linked with the likes of Liverpool in the past after special displays for his club and country.

Valencia finished fourth in La Liga last season behind Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid and are managed by Nuno Espirito Santo.

Los Che, who last won La Liga in 2004, took out the Copa del Rey in 2009 and the UEFA Cup and Super Cup in 2004.

Ryan will compete with Spaniard Yoel for a first-team spot with Brazilian Diego Alves out for the next six months with a cruciate ligament injury.

Brugge general manager, Vincent Mannaert, told the club’s website:  "We do not like to see Mat go, but realise that for him is a logical next step in his career.

“We have done everything to keep him at least one more season at club but his mind is made up. Anyway, we are grateful for his dedication over the past two seasons.

“Mat is a winner on and off the field and will make plenty of it as Bacca in the Primera Division. This farewell does not diminish our ambitions for the coming season. We are already plenty of work for replacement. "