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|Full Name||Mukhtar Abdullahi Ali|
|Date of Birth||30th October 1997|
|Place of Birth||Mogadishu, Somalia|
|Chelsea career||2008 -|
|Other clubs||Leyton Orient|
Mukhtar Ali is a defender or midfielder currently playing in Chelsea's Academy team.
Mukhtar joined Chelsea's academy from Leyton Orient as an Under-11.
Mukhtar made his Under-18 debut against Everton in April 2013 whilst still an Under-15. He earned a regular squad place under Adi Viveash ahead of the 2013-14 season and scored his first youth team goal away to Leicester City in November. His performances earned positive reviews and he made a maiden appearance in European competition by featuring in the UEFA Youth League victory over Steaua Bucharest in December.
With the youth team becoming ever younger towards the end of the season he was called upon to play something of a leadership role despite being a schoolboy himself; his natural calmness and authority in midfield lending itself well to such a duty. He was named in an Under-21 matchday squad towards the end of the season; a sign of the progress made over the course of the campaign. The same could then be said of his first year as a scholar in 2014-15; his experience proved vital in Under-18 league games and he was a reliable option from the bench to help secure results as Chelsea won both the FA Youth Cup and the UEFA Youth League. He finished up by making an Under-21 debut at Stamford Bridge against West Ham in May 2015.
2015-16 saw him emerge from a group of midfielders including Ruben Sammut and Isaac Christie-Davies to become Adi Viveash's choice of young midfield to take with him permanently to Under-21 level, and he also established himself as a first choice in the 2015-16 UEFA Youth League and 2015-16 FA Youth Cup-winning teams, becoming the only player in the academy to be an ever-present in both competitions. 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.
Mukhtar has been capped by England at Under-16 and Under-17 level. He is also eligible to play for Somalia.
Youth, Reserve and Under-21 Football
(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2015-16 season)
Mukhtar signed a new contract in August 2016 to run until the end of the 2017-18 season.