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Mukhtar Abdullahi Ali (born 30 October 1997) is a Saudi Arabian professional footballer who plays for Vitesse as a midfielder and the Saudi Arabia national football team.

Mukhtar Ali
Personal information
Full name Mukhtar Abdullahi Ali
Date of birth (1997-10-30) 30 October 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Mogadishu, Somalia or Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vitesse
Number 23
Youth career
0000–2008 Leyton Orient
2008–2017 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017 Chelsea 0 (0)
2017Vitesse (loan) 6 (0)
2017Jong Vitesse (loan) 4 (0)
2017– Vitesse 9 (1)
National team
2012 England U16 2 (0)
2013–2014 England U17 4 (0)
2017– Saudi Arabia U23 2 (0)
2017– Saudi Arabia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2017

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Club careerEdit

ChelseaEdit

In 2008, Ali joined Chelsea at under-11 level from Leyton Orient and progressed through the club's academy system.[1] He was part of the Chelsea youth side which recorded back to back triumphs in the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016.[1] 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.[1]

VitesseEdit

On 29 January 2017, Ali joined Vitesse on loan for the remainder of the 2016–17 campaign.[2] On 19 February 2017, Ali made his Vitesse debut in their 1–0 home defeat against Ajax, replacing Marvelous Nakamba in the 84th minute.[3] On 4 February 2017, he played his first match for Jong Vitesse against SV Spakenburg.[4] 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.[5]

International careerEdit

Being of Somali origin,[6] Ali represented England at both under-16 and under-17 level, however, pledged his allegiance towards the Saudi Arabian national team,[7] 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.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 21 May 2019.[9]
Club Season League National Cup Europe 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[a] 0 2[b] 0 6 0
2018–19 Eredivisie 6 1 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 7 1
Total 9 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 13 1
Career total 15 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 19 1
  1. ^ Appearance in the Europa League
  2. ^ a b Appearance in the Eredivisie European play-offs

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Mukhtar Ali". TheChels.info. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Academy midfielder loan". Chelsea Official Site. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Vitesse vs. Ajax". Soccerway. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  4. ^ "SPAKENBURG VS. VITESSE II 2 - 2". Soccerway. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Ali joins Vitesse". Chelsea Official Site. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Mukhtar Ali" (in Dutch). Vitesse Official Site. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  7. ^ Vitesse. "Vitesse nieuws: Vitesse-spelers internationaal actief". Vitesse.nl.
  8. ^ "Mukhtar Ali 'fit and ready' for Saudi Arabia if World Cup call comes". Arab News. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  9. ^ Mukhtar Ali at Soccerway

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