Premier League stars fear being raided by thugs while on holiday break in Dubai and hire private security as protection

PREMIER LEAGUE stars have hired private security while on holiday in Dubai amid fears they will be targeted by thugs.

A host of big-name players jetted over to the Middle East hotspot to kick back and relax during the first-ever Premier League winter break.

 Premier League stars were forced to hire security in Dubai amid fears of being robbed

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Premier League stars were forced to hire security in Dubai amid fears of being robbedCredit: Instagram
 It's feared Prem stars are 'sitting ducks' in Dubai as they flaunt their wealth

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It’s feared Prem stars are ‘sitting ducks’ in Dubai as they flaunt their wealthCredit: Instagram
 A host of top names, including Reece James, headed to Dubai during the inaugural winter break

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A host of top names, including Reece James, headed to Dubai during the inaugural winter breakCredit: Instagram

Paul Pogba trained alone while his Manchester United stars worked together in Spain, Marcus Rashford was out with Ryan Sessegnon and James Maddison partied with Leicester team-mate Ben Chilwell.

Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal even trained at the same sports complex in Dubai to get some warm-weather work in – with the Gunners even enjoying a camel ride.

But reports claim the superstars were forced to fork out thousands on personal guards after believing they had become easy targets.

In fact, concierge services were offering the players 24-hour-a-day security in a bid to keep them – and their expensive belongings – safe.



A source told the Daily Mail: “The landscape has changed significantly in Dubai in recent years.

“It’s not as peaceful as it once was. Players are sitting ducks, particularly the ones who aren’t so low key.

“Having more security is probably a good idea.”

Footballers are certainly never shy of flaunting their wealth, often spotted with glitzy watches, mega-expensive bags and, of course, their cars.

Worryingly, footballers are increasingly becoming targets for thieves – with Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac robbed by knife-wielding thugs earlier this season.

Kolasinac chased off two attackers, with reports claiming they were after Ozil’s £200,000 watch in the North London attack.

Both players immediately beefed up their security, with their houses under round-the-clock protection.

But now star names are turning to help even on their holidays, with social media meaning their lives are never private and their whereabouts almost always known to crooks.

 Prem stars enjoyed some winter sun in the past fornight

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Prem stars enjoyed some winter sun in the past fornight
 Ozil and Kolasinac were robbed at knife-point in North London earlier this season

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Ozil and Kolasinac were robbed at knife-point in North London earlier this seasonCredit: PA:Press Association
Paul Pogba laughs and dances as he trains alone in Dubai while Man Utd team-mates jet off to Spain

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