Mukhtar Ali

Date of birth: 30 October 1997
Place of birth: Mogadishu, Somalia
Position: Midfielder
International levels played at: England U17s, U16s
Trophies won at Chelsea: UEFA Youth League 2015/16; FA Youth Cup 2015/16

Mukhtar joined as an Under-11 from Leyton Orient and he is a box-to-box midfield player who can score brilliant goals, as demonstrated by a memorable strike from inside his own half against Real Madrid in the Under-16 Premier League Tournament in 2013/14

An adaptable player who has featured in defence at times throughout the age groups, he made his youth team debut as an Under-15 before going on to make 22 appearances and a UEFA Youth League debut in 2013/14. In his first season as a scholar, he was a regular for Joe Edwards’s side and scored a dozen goals from midfield. His good form was rewarded with an Under-21 debut towards the end of the campaign.

He was an ever-present in the Youth Cup run to the final the following season, scoring against both Manchester United and AFC Wimbledon, and was the only player to feature in all 10 games as our Under-19s were crowned champions of Europe at their age group for a second year running.

Having spent the first half of the 2016/17 season with the Chelsea development squad, he moved on loan to Vitesse Arnhem for the rest of the campaign.

Mukhtar is also an England Under-17 international. He signed a new contract in August 2016 committing himself to the club until the end of the 2017/18 campaign. 

SeasonU18U19U21Total
AppearancesGoalsAppearancesGoalsAppearancesGoalsAppearancesGoals
2012/130 (2)00 (0)00 (0)00 (2)0
2013/1417 (5)21 (0)00 (0)018 (5)2
2014/1524 (4)60 (0)00 (1)024 (5)6
2015/1617 (0)610 (0)011 (4)138 (4)7
Total58 (11)1411 (0)011 (5)180 (16)15