Chelsea interested in AFC Wimbledon youngster


AFC Wimbledon could face a battle to hold on to Leo Castledine – with Chelsea understood to be monitoring the young midfielder.

The England U15 international has been in the Dons academy for eight seasons.

He is the son of Stewart Castledine, who played for Wimbledon’s first team from 1991 until 2000. He was called up for the England U15s in October.

Speaking back then, AFC Wimbledon academy manager Michael Hamilton said: “We rate Leo immensely, so much so that we made him the youngest ever player to feature for the U18s this summer when we toured Spain.

“We’ve had numerous conversations with Leo and his family since we heard the news and nothing changes.

“It’s important he continues with the same attitude and application he has shown to get him up to this stage, and that he remains grounded.”

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3 thoughts on “Chelsea interested in AFC Wimbledon youngster

  • 29th January 2020 at 9:55 am

    AFC Wimbledon will always be in this predicament because they are not professional enough. They need to be more pro active.

    • 30th January 2020 at 9:56 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Icehammer, AFCW’s academy are not visionaries, but merely content with mediocrity at best.

  • 9th March 2020 at 11:11 pm

    You guys don’t know what you are talking about. The AFC Wimbledon Academy is very highly rated and has turned out more players for the first team in the past five years than Chelsea have in the last twenty. Sure, we are ripe for being pillaged by the big clubs, but not everyone is swayed by the promises that are rarely kept. They know that they have a real chance of progression to our first team and while they stay with us they are taught more then just football but also how to act and behave, which is often shown not to be the case at some bigger clubs. So who needs to be more professional?


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