Brighton tell keeper Matt Ryan he is free to leave in January transfer after being axed as No1 by Graham Potter

BRIGHTON goalkeeper Matt Ryan can leave the club in the January transfer window after being axed by Graham Potter.

The keeper has lost his place in the Premier League side and could be set for a quick exit.

Ryan was a regular starter in Brighton's team until being dropped for this month's goalless draw at Fulham.

The 28-year-old Australian has not featured for Brighton since their 3-0 defeat at Leicester.

Ryan has made 121 appearances for Brighton since joining the club from Valencia in 2017.

According to the Argus, Ryan has been told by Potter he can leave in the transfer window after losing his place to Robert Sanchez.

Potter has put his faith in the Spanish shot stopper and is giving him a run of games in their team.

Ryan told The World Game: “The day before the Fulham game, the manager told me he’d be giving the other goalkeeper a substantial to run to see how he goes, and would be keeping Jason Steele as his second choice as he likes the way he fulfils the role.

“He added that if I get a good offer in January I should take it, knowing that I want to be playing week-in week-out.

“It came as a shock and a surprise that he said that.

“Knowing where I stand now, from what was communicated to me, perhaps it might be better that we do go our separate ways.

“However, until that opportunity comes – and it’s a good project – then, as far as I’m concerned, I’m a Brighton player and I’m here to fight for my spot.”

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