Three daring armed robbers pounced on former Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling Friday morning and robbed him of his Rolex, jewellery and other valuables.
The Roma defender was inside his home with his model wife and two-year-old son when the armed robbers broke in and forced him to open the family’s safe.
Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claims Smalling’s wife, Sam called and notified the police just before 5 am and officers arrived at the family’s villa, located around 25 miles south of Rome.
The publication further reports that the trio was very distressed when the police arrived.
The same report claims police are still investigating the incident and Roma have offered support out to the player.
Smalling joined Roma Italian club from Manchester United on a permanent deal last year, after having initially joined in the summer of 2019 on a loan deal before making the move permanent 12 months later.
He has been linked with a move away from Roma at the end of the season with Juventus and Inter Milan said to be interested in the England international.
The defender, rated at around £12million, enjoys living in Rome but this horrifying situation could open up doubts about his future.
The reported incident is the latest in a series of cases where intruders have targeted the homes of Serie A footballers, managers and other sporting personalities over the past year.
Earlier this year, the home of Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie was burgled while the American was playing for the Serie A side against SPAL in the Italian Cup quarter-final on January 27.
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