Brentford have completed the signing of goalkeeper David Raya from Blackburn Rovers. The 23-year-old finalised his move this morning, Saturday, 6 July, signing a four-year deal, for an undisclosed fee. The Spanish stopper has joined up with his new teammates in time for this week’s pre-season Training Camp in Austria.
Brentford FC Head Coach, Thomas Frank, said: “I am very pleased to have David here. He is a very good goalkeeper and fits the profile of player that we want at Brentford. On the pitch, he is a young goalkeeper who comes here after two good seasons at Blackburn Rovers. He can play out from the back and is happy covering the space in behind, allowing us to play with a high line. We are 100 per cent sure that coming here, and working with Iñaki Caña, he can take his game to the highest level. Off the pitch, he has the character and the desire that we want to see in all players coming to Brentford.”
Raya joined Rovers in 2012 following a youth career with UE Cornella in his native Barcelona. A loan spell at Conference National side Southport in September 2014 gave Raya his first senior game time. The then 19-year-old would go on to play 24 times for the Sandgrounders, drawing national acclaim for his performances during an FA Cup Third Round tie against Derby County the following January. After returning to Ewood Park, Raya kept a clean sheet on his Sky Bet Championship debut as Rovers beat Leeds United 3-0 in April 2015.
The next two seasons brought about a further ten second tier appearances before Raya assumed the number one shirt at the start of the 2016/17 season. The Spaniard missed just one league match as Rovers stormed to promotion from Sky Bet League One, keeping 17 clean sheets in the process. Last season, Raya made 41 league appearances for Tony Mowbray’s side back in the Championship, keeping ten clean sheets. In total, he arrives at Griffin Park having made 108 appearances during his time in Lancashire.
Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, Phil Giles, said: “Having sold Daniel Bentley last week, it was clearly important to add another quality goalkeeper as quickly as possible. David was our first choice and he was keen to come and work with Inaki and the rest of the staff and players too. We wish him well during his time with us".