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Chelsea wonderkid Leo Castledine, 18, comes from star-studded family with EastEnders star sister and dad is ex-Prem ace

CHELSEA prodigy Leo Castledine is eyeing up his Blues debut on Saturday after being named in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.

The playmaker, 18, will be part of the Blues’ side that host Preston in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Leo Castledine is impressing for Chelsea's academy sides

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Leo Castledine is impressing for Chelsea’s academy sidesCredit: Getty
He is part of a famous family that includes an ex-footballer, an actor and a presenter

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He is part of a famous family that includes an ex-footballer, an actor and a presenterCredit: Getty

He has already appeared as an unused substitute in four matches so far this season.

But most football fans will be unaware of the attacking midfielder – who compared himself to Mason Mount and Jack Grealish back in 2020.

Speaking to BBC Sport at the age of just 14, he said: “Moving from defence to midfield was a very gradual process for me. It took about two seasons.

“I was a tough-tackling centre-back at the start of my U13 season and now, towards the end of U15 season, I am a centre midfielder and sometimes play as a number 10.”

A young Castledine went on to name Mount as one of his favourite players, before he claimed to “dribble and create chances” like Grealish.

And a report from The Athletic last year also revealed Chelsea legend John Terry commented on “what a great trainer Castledine is” and “how he treats each session like a cup final”.

He has played 35 times for the Blues’ U21 side since joining from Wimbledon in 2020, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists.

He has also played for every England age group side up to the U19s – where he has featured three times since his debut in November.

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Leo's presenter mum Lucy Alexander, left, and EastEnders star sister Kitty, right, either side of a young Leo

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Leo’s presenter mum Lucy Alexander, left, and EastEnders star sister Kitty, right, either side of a young LeoCredit: Instagram @lucyalexandertv
Leo's dad is Stewart Castledine who played for Wimbledon and Wycombe

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Leo’s dad is Stewart Castledine who played for Wimbledon and WycombeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
(L-R) Stewart, Kitty, Lucy and Leo have all become well-known faces in their respective fields

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(L-R) Stewart, Kitty, Lucy and Leo have all become well-known faces in their respective fieldsCredit: Instagram / @kittycastledine

Meanwhile, more intrigue around the young star involves his well-known family – which includes an actor, presenter and ex-footballer.

Leo’s dad is Stewart Castledine, 50, who spent nine years playing for Wimbledon.

He made 26 appearances in the Premier League – scoring four goals – and also played for Wycombe.

Meanwhile, his mum is 53-year-old Lucy Alexander – a presenter who used to host Homes Under The Hammer.

And his sister, Kitty, 21, made her EastEnders debut on New Year’s Day as Penny Branning – daughter of Jack Branning and cousin of Lauren Branning.

Kitty was paralysed at the age of seven, but has not let that stop her from becoming a star on one of Britain’s biggest TV shows.

Kitty and Leo with their dad Stewart as young children

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Kitty and Leo with their dad Stewart as young childrenCredit: Rex

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