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Mukhtar Ali
Personal information
Full name Mukhtar Abdullahi Ali
Date of birth 30 October 1997 (1997 -10-30) (age 23)
Place of birth Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.85m
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Al-Nassr
Number 21
Youth career
0000–2008 Leyton Orient
2008–2017 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017 Chelsea 0 (0)
2017 → Vitesse (loan) 6 (0)
2017 → Jong Vitesse (loan) 4 (0)
2017–2019 Vitesse 9 (1)
2019– Al-Nassr 25 (0)
National team
2012 England U16 2 (0)
2013–2014 England U17 4 (0)
2017– Saudi Arabia U23 2 (0)
2017– Saudi Arabia 4 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2020.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2020

Mukhtar Abdullahi Ali (Arabic: مختار علي ; born 30 October 1997) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Al-Nassr and the Saudi Arabia national football team. He was born in Jeddah and moved to London as an infant.

Club career

Chelsea

In 2008, Ali joined Chelsea at under-11 level from Leyton Orient and progressed through the club's academy system. He was part of the Chelsea youth side which recorded back to back triumphs in the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016. With 42 appearances in all competitions he was the second-leading appearance maker in the academy and was also nominated for International Somali Sportsman of the Year.

Vitesse

On 29 January 2017, Ali joined Vitesse on loan for the remainder of the 2016–17 campaign. On 19 February 2017, Ali made his Vitesse debut in their 1–0 home defeat against Ajax, replacing Marvelous Nakamba in the 84th minute. On 4 February 2017, he played his first match for Jong Vitesse against SV Spakenburg. Ali went onto appear in five more league games during his loan spell.

On 17 July 2017, Vitesse permanently signed Ali on a three-year deal.

Al-Nassr

On 31 August 2019, Al-Nassr signed Mukhtar Ali on a one-year deal from Vitesse.

International career

Being of Somali origin, Ali represented England at both under-16 and under-17 level, however, pledged his allegiance towards the Saudi Arabia national team, and made his senior debut on 7 October 2017 against Jamaica. This was possible based on the player's assertion that he was instead born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitesse (loan) 2016–17 Eredivisie 6 0 0 0 6 0
Vitesse 2017–18 Eredivisie 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 6 0
2018–19 Eredivisie 6 1 1 0 0 0 7 1
Al Nassr 2019–20 Pro League 20 0 1 0 8 1 29 1
2020–21 Pro League 5 0 1 0 2 0 8 0
Club total 25 0 2 0 10 1 0 0 37 1
Career total 40 1 3 0 11 1 2 0 56 2

Honours

Club

Chelsea Reserves

  • FA Youth Cup: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • UEFA Youth League: 2015–16

Vitesse

Al Nassr FC
  • Saudi Super Cup: 2019, 2020
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