Shkodran Mustafi

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Shkodran Mustafi
  • Born: 17/04/1992
  • Birthplace: Bad Hersfeld
  • Nationality: German
  • Debut: 17/12/2009 v BATE (H)
  • Shkodran Mustafi moved to Everton in the summer of 2009, joining from Hamburg.

    He made the move from Germany to England at the age of just 17, his transfer seen as something of a coup for David Moyes.

    Mustafi's performances for Germany's Under-17s side had seen him listed as one of his country's most promising talents.

    But the Toffees swooped to prise him away from Bundesliga side Hamburg, with the player reportedly impressed by Moyes' willingness to give youth a chance.

    Mustafi signed a three-year deal on Merseyside, Everton paying no transfer fee for the Germany Under-17 international, but FIFA training compensation was applicable.

    A Muslim of Albanian descent, Shkodran began as a striker before finding his niche at centre-half.

    Immediately upon finalising his move to Everton, he travelled with the first team for a training camp in Scotland.

    Shkodran worked mainly with the reserves in 2009/10 but made a handful of appearances on the subs' bench - emerging for a short debut in the game against BATE Borisov in December.

    Shkodran struggled to break into the first-team reckoning with the Blues and departed Goodison in January 2012 on a free transfer, moving to Sampdoria in Italy.

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