Socceroos captain and goalkeeper Matt Ryan has moved from Spain to Denmark in search of regular first-team football for this year’s World Cup.
Ryan, 30, left La Liga club Real Sociedad to join Danish Superliga champions F.C. He joined Copenhagen on a two-year deal.
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“I’m really looking forward to joining a big club like FC Copenhagen, with a great reputation across Europe,” Ryan said in a club statement.
“The squad is of good quality and ambitions for the club are high in terms of winning trophies and competing in Europe’s biggest competitions. I will work hard to contribute to this,” he said.
Ryan signed for Real Sociedad in July last year following a spell at English Premier League club Arsenal on loan from Brighton.
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However, he managed 9 appearances in all competitions last season and played a second goal for Sociedad’s first-choice gloveman Alex Remiro.
Ryan could see more time on the bench when the World Cup kicks off in November and he has the chance to join FC Copenhagen, who recently lost goalkeeper Camille Grabara to a serious facial injury.
“After the injury of Camille Grabara, we were looking to increase the goalkeeper’s position, and we are very satisfied with the solution, which ensures an increase in competition and quality in the short and long term,” said Peter Kristiansen, FC Copenhagen’s sports director.
“Matty has played many games in many of the world’s top leagues and still has a lot of hunger to do well for Australia at FC Copenhagen and at the World Cup.
“We are looking forward to having him in the team and we are confident that he will strengthen our team.”