Mat Ryan wants to win trophies with Real Sociedad
Aussie goalkeeper Mathew Ryan is known for his time in the Premier League but he is now chasing glory in La Liga since he just signed with Real Sociedad. He is fluent in Spanish which will be important for La Real since he can adjust to the system seamlessly.
Ryan last played for Arsenal during the 2020-21 season but he was mostly known for his time playing for Brighton. He had a memorable stint with the Seagulls with 121 games to his name. During the last bit of his contract, he was loaned out to Arsenal which was a childhood dream of his since he’s a fan of the club.
After that loan spell ended, Ryan decided to ponder about his future. It looks like he came to a final decision by signing with La Real. He signed a two-year deal with Sociedad with an option for an extra year. This marks his return to La Liga after he had a three-year stint with Valencia from 2015 to 2017 which was before he moved to Brighton.
Since he was in Spain for a long time before he made the move to England, Ryan picked up some Spanish speaking lessons when he was with Valencia. This is a good move for Ryan because he went to a situation where he can still be comfortable since he still knows the language.
During his first press conference, Ryan talked about how much this means to him.
‘I’m very happy to be here. It’s been a willingness of mine to come back here to Spain, to the country of Basque, and represent the team’, Ryan said. ‘On the day I signed, I saw the trophy in the president’s office, and it’s an example of the success they’ve had recently’.
‘The club wants to win and I’m here to help them win’, he added.
Hopefully, Ryan can meet expectations because he will most likely play as a backup GK. He believes he can improve and there is a chance he can emerge as the main shot-stopper as long as he works hard for the spot.
Words: Cholo Martin