Maty Ryan believes he has improved as a goalkeeper playing for Albion.

But he wants to prove that to fans at his new club.

Ryan is preparing to battle last season’s ever-present Alex Remiro for a starting spot after completing his move from the Seagulls to Real Sociedad.

He is returning to a Spanish league in which he previously featured for Valencia.

Ryan told a press conference: “I’m a different goalkeeper now for the experiences I’ve had.

“Since I left Valencia I’ve had three-and-a-half seasons as first choice at Brighton and a couple of games at Arsenal, which is a big club as well and a good experience.

“I want to show what I have learned since I left Valencia.

“I’ve learnt a lot. I think I’ve grown.

“Obviously I’m sitting here saying I’ve improved but I want to show it with my performances.

“I’ll get my head down and work hard and see what opportunities come.”

Ryan, who sat out Real Sociedad's opening friendly yesterday, revealed Europa League winners Villarreal made a late bid for his services.


But he added: “We had already given our word that we were coming to Real Sociedad.”

Club president Jokin Aperribay effectively confirmed reports La Real will not pay an up-front fee for Ryan but will be liable to various clauses if all goes well.