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Who is Mukhtar Ali, Saudi Arabia U23 star who used to play for Chelsea?

Who is Mukhtar Ali, Saudi Arabia U23 star who used to play for Chelsea?

Mukhtar Ali is one of two Saudi Arabia U23 team members who played football in Europe before returning to the home country.

Besides Mukhtar Ali, his teammate Abdullah Al-Hamdan joined the Spanish club Sporting Gijon on loan from Al-Shabab in 2018.

However, he just stayed for six months, training with U19 players as part of a deal between La Liga officials and the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF).

His case is very different from Mukhtar Ali, who has been a part of the English Premier League club, Chelsea, for 10 years.

Born in 1997, Mukhtar Ali joined Chelsea Football Academy when he was just 11 years old, playing alongside Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.

He was a member of Chelsea young squad who conquered three consecutive FA Youth Cup titles as well as UEFA Youth League 4 years ago. Ai stayed at The Blues until 2017 when he moved to Vitesse on loan in the winter transfer window.

Six months later, Chelsea sold him to Vitesse, and they also sent Mason Mount to the Dutch club at that time. Consequently, Ali met Mount again in the Netherlands, playing together in the 2017/18 season.

He also impressed by appearing at the Europa League before joining the Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr. On the international level, Mukhtar Ali represented England at both U16 and U17 teams.

However, after failing to prove himself in Europe, he chose to play for the Saudi Arabia national football team and Saudi Arabia U23. He made his senior debut in 2017 when Saudi Arabia played against Jamaica in an exhibition match.