RAHEEM Sterling is said to have become the fourth Chelsea player to be hit by the same gang after his mansion was robbed for £300,000 watches and jewelry.
The distraught Three Lions star rushed back to comfort his family – and has vowed he will only return to England’s World Cup campaign when his family is “safe”.
Police believe his fiancee Paige Milian, 27, discovered Saturday night’s raid less than 24 hours before the clash between England and Senegal on Sunday.
Raheem, also 27, met with Surrey Police detectives investigating the crime on Monday.
It comes after one of the other Chelsea victims, 22-year-old defender Reece James, was mugged by a gang targeting his home in Cobham, Surrey, in September 2021.
They stole his safe with his Champions League, Supercup and Euro 2020 medals.
Two other teammates have also suffered similar crimes in recent months and police are now investigating possible links.
There are fears that a highly organized criminal gang is targeting the club’s wealthy players.
Raheem and his family moved into his estate in Oxshott, Surrey, after Chelsea paid Man City £47.5million for the winger this summer.
Paige is understood to have returned to the UK from Qatar with his three young children after cheering for Raheem in the group stage.
She had a work commitment related to her real estate company.
Raheem withdrew from Gareth Southgate’s squad and ran home after learning of the terror.
He hopes to return to Qatar in Saturday’s quarter-final against France – but only if he believes his home is secure and his family is not at risk.
A source said, “Raheem has told everyone, ‘There’s no way I’m going anywhere unless I’m 100 percent sure my family is safe.’
“He’s security conscious and part of the reason they moved into the property was because it’s on a very exclusive estate with regular security patrols.
“Nevertheless, he managed to get targeted, which is very upsetting for Raheem and Paige. They just moved back to London and want to feel safe.”
England ace Harry Maguire crushed the thugs targeting Raheem today.
Man United star Harry, 29, said: “It’s extremely disappointing to hear there are people at home who are targeting us when we’re out here playing for our country and giving it our all.
“The game could have gone differently and we might have needed Raheem.”
And England skipper Harry Kane, also 29, helped calm his team-mates who were worried about the raid.
A Three Lions source said: “Harry knows that the players’ families are genuinely devastated by what has happened and it is a concern for the players themselves.
“He sees it as his job as skipper to keep the team’s morale up and keep everyone focused on the game against France.”
England manager Gareth Southgate said he and the FA discussed safety arrangements with the squad before leaving for Qatar.
Asked if the FA had offered to increase security, he said: “We had offered that to the players. I think there is a little [for Raheem] in the midst of a move that helped.”
And other wags have offered their support to Paige.
Surrey Police said there were no reports of threats of violence related to the incident.
They also dismissed previous suggestions that the burglars were armed.
However, Raheem plans to tighten security at his home once the police complete their investigation.
A source said: “He has a company on standby to go straight in to install 24/7 security with enhanced infrared night vision. He wants to have dozens of cameras installed.
“And he will hire a security company to patrol his house day and night and leave them there until the World Cup is over.”
A Chelsea FC security guard stood guard in front of the house last night.
Police said no arrests had been made yet.
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