While he may not fit Roma's preferred age profile, Australia International Team goalkeeper Matt Ryan has fallen out of favour at Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Premier Division.
Quoting SBS Australia's Dave Lewis, Seagulls boss Graham Potter revealed yesterday the struggling club won’t - "out of respect" - stand in Ryan’s way should he seek a January move elsewhere in search of first team football.
Potter’s stance represents an abrupt change of course at the club where Ryan, 28, has been a ubiquitous presence since arriving on a five-year deal in 2017, making 121 out of a possible 127 Premier League starts.
However, Potter left the Socceroos’ first choice gloveman in little doubt over where he now stands in the pecking order ahead of Sunday’s duel against rock-bottom Sheffield United. Asked if Ryan would be spotted again in a Brighton shirt, Potter replied: "I can't see into the future. But I wouldn't say it's as extreme as that.
"I think you've got to be respectful to the professional and his career and his family and his situation.
"On the one hand, we're saying that we're going to give Rob a chance and an opportunity and you want to give him that time. At the same time, you know the situation may be for him (Ryan) that he wants to be in a better position in terms of somewhere where he is more able to play or more involved in playing.
"I think out of respect for Mat, you've got to give him that freedom to do that. But in the end, it's down to Mat and the club."
Ryan has represented Australia on 59 occasions, with more than 20 clean sheets in his career.
TransferMarket.com (October 2020) valued Ryan at Euro8million.
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