Mumbai City FC have announced the signing of Nasser El Khayati. The 34-year-old attacking midfielder joins the Islanders until the end of the 2023-24 season.
Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, El Khayati came through the youth set up Feyenoord and PSV before begining his professional journey with FC Den Bosch. The attacking midfielder of Moroccan descent turned out for Dutch clubs NAC Breda and Kozakken Boys and Cypriot club Olympiakos Nicosia before making the move to England in 2015, representing Burton Albion and Queens Park Rangers.
After a stint in England, El Khayati returned to the Netherlands and enjoyed two positive stints at ADO Den Haag on either side of a short stint at Qatar SC. A short period at Dutch club Willem II followed before the Dutchman made the move to India, joining Chennaiyin FC ahead of the 2022-23 season. El Khayati impressed in his maiden season in India with his skillful displays, notching up 9 goals and 5 assists in just 12 appearances.
El Khayati returns to India, joining the Islanders ahead of a competitive 2023-24 season and will wear the number 23 shirt.
Nasser El-Khayati said, “I’m very excited to start a new chapter in my career with one of the most successful clubs in India. Mumbai City have a strong squad, great ambitions and play beautiful football, and when the club approached me to join them, it was an easy decision to make. A big season awaits us ahead and I am looking forward to joining up with the coach Des and the teammates.”
Des Buckingham said, “Nasser is a gifted player with great vision and technical ability. His intelligence and versatility on the pitch are some of his best traits and were on show for everyone to see during his time in India last season. Nasser not only adds depth but quality to our squad and he will have a vital role to play in the squad as we prepare for a challenging season ahead. I’m happy to welcome him to Mumbai City and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
𝗜𝗦𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗥 𝗜𝗡𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚! 🇳🇱
— Mumbai City FC (@MumbaiCityFC) September 8, 2023