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Mukhtar Ali has sent a message to his former Chelsea academy teammates Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
Ali, who now plays in Saudi Arabia, is delighted to see Abraham and Mount break through to the senior team and insists he has no regrets about deciding to leave the club three years ago.
“To see them in Chelsea’s starting line-up is a joy for everyone who was part of our youth team,” Ali told Goal.
“I never look at the situation now and think it should have been me, because I am very happy for them.
“I am still in contact with a lot of them and they deserve to be in the first team. Tammy has always been a guy who just wanted to score goals and you could see that from very young, wherever he is playing. He was very tall throughout the academy years, so he was physically superior to everyone in his team and the opposition.
“Mason was a year younger than us but he played a lot with us in the youth team and you could see his quality straight away. You could pass the ball to him in any position and he would control it well. He could play under pressure, he was a good combination player and he was very, very smart.”