|Place of birth Algeria|
2003–2007 Olympique Marseille
Height 1.83 m
|Current team Unattached|
Name Mehdi Khelaifia
|Date of birth (1985-03-13) March 13, 1985 (age 30)|
Mehdi Khelaifia (born March 13, 1985 in Algeria) is an Algerian footballer. He formerly played as a defender for Atlantis FC in the Finnish Ykkönen.
Khelaifia began his football career in the junior ranks of his hometown club of USM Annaba. During an international tournament with his club in France, he was spotted by Olympique Marseille scouts who quickly signed him to the academy. A regular member of the reserve side, he was not given a professional contract and he would eventually leave the club and sign with Atlantis FC in Finland.
He has been capped for Algeria at the Under-23 level.
He is the nephew of former Algerian international Yacine Slatni.