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David Raya signs new long-term contract

Bees keeper extends stay until summer of 2024

2 October 2020

David Raya has committed his future to Brentford FC by agreeing a new long-term contract. The goalkeeper signed his new deal, which runs through to the summer of 2024 earlier today, Friday 2 October, shortly after captaining The Bees to a first-ever Carabao Cup Quarter-Final appearance.

The 25-year-old enjoyed an impressive maiden season in West London following his move from Blackburn Rovers. An ever-present in the Sky Bet Championship, David conceded just 38 times in the league. His 16 clean sheets saw him share the Golden Glove award with Millwall’s Bartosz Bialkowski and he was also named on the shortlist for Goalkeeper of the Year at the London Football awards.

David’s first appearance of this campaign, and 50th in total for The Bees, came during last Tuesday’s Carabao Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion. David denied Grady Diangana in the penalty shootout at The Hawthorns and then kept a clean sheet last night against Fulham as we reached the Last Eight of the EFL Cup for the first time in our history.

Brentford FC Head Coach, Thomas Frank, said: “We are very pleased that David has signed a new contract. He showed last year that he was a very important player for us and, for me, he is one of the best keepers in the league. He fits our style of play; he is really brave with his high line and takes everything that goes in behind, as well as crosses. He is strong in one on one situations and does a good job dominating his box. His distribution is good as well. Those are the key areas where he fits us really well. He made some big contributions in key moments last year and that’s something I want to see even more of going forward.”    

Prior to last summer’s arrival in West London, David had spent seven years at Rovers following a youth career with UE Cornella in his native Barcelona. His first senior football came during a loan spell with Southport in the National League before he returned to Ewood Park, keeping a clean sheet as a 19-year-old on his Championship debut against Leeds United in April 2015.

The next two seasons brought a further ten second tier appearances before David assumed the number one shirt at the start of the 2017/18 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. He registered a further ten shutouts in 41 Championship games the following season before moving south.


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