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Leo departs Wimbledon after seven years to join Chelsea

Midfielder joined Wimbledon at the age of seven

10 March 2020

AFC Wimbledon can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Chelsea FC for the transfer of academy player Leo Castledine.

The 14-year-old midfielder, who has been at Wimbledon since the age of seven, joins the Premier League club for an undisclosed fee.

A current England Under-15 international, Leo became the youngest-ever AFC Wimbledon academy player to feature for our Under-18s, making his debut last summer.

Academy Manager Michael Hamilton said: "Naturally, we are very disappointed to lose Leo, but we wish him every success in the future and will be monitoring his progress. Leo’s development is down to not only his hard work and application, but also to all the staff here behind the scenes, so I’d like to acknowledge James, Rob and anyone else who has played a part in this young man’s journey.”

Leo is the son of Stewart Castledine, who played for Wimbledon FC from 1991 until 2000. After joining AFC Wimbledon, Leo first filled a more defensive role in his early years, but he now plays further up the pitch in midfield.

Everyone at AFC Wimbledon wishes Leo all the best.

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