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Real Madrid 'interested' in keeper Ryan

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Friday, May 09, 2014

Update: 7:07PM Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan has caught the eye of Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, according to new Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold.

Ryan currently plays for Belgian outfit Club Brugge, but previously worked under Arnold for three seasons in the A-League at the Central Coast Mariners.

The 22-year-old is fighting to become the Socceroos' first-choice gloveman at the World Cup in Brazil, following the retirement of veteran custodian Mark Schwarzer.

And on Friday Arnold delivered high praise for the youngster.

"Matty Ryan left here last year. He's gone across to Belgium and he's the best keeper in the league," Arnold told ABC Grandstand's The Back Post program.

"I do believe - and I have heard - that he's getting interest from Real Madrid, he's been doing that well.

"That kid won't be phased by anything."

The former Socceroos mentor labelled it "a pity" that it took so long for Australia to clean out its "golden generation" of footballers and believes it's put current national coach Ange Postecoglou in a difficult position.

"But knowing Ange, he'll do a great job and the players will be ready," Arnold added.

"Ange has stated from day one that he'll never be scared to give those kids the opportunity. Do they have the quality? I believe they do.

"No matter what team goes out there, they'll do Australia proud."

Postecoglou will name a 30-man preliminary squad next Wednesday for the World Cup.


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