Wayne Rooney has advised Angel di Maria to hire a Gurkha to protect his family home because he has one himself, reports The Sun.
The Manchester United striker has told his shaken team-mate that the Nepalese soldiers have made him and his family feel safer since he hired them in 2010. For Di Maria, safety is at the height of the agenda, his wife and his one-year-old daughter.
The Di Maria family have been staying at a hotel for over two weeks after armed robbers attempted to force their way into his home. The attack left wife Jorgelina traumatised and unable to return to the house.
“Wayne has suggested a Gurkha like the one who protects his and Wes Brown’s places"
A man of experience
Naturally, it led to reports that the £59.7 million summer signing was considering his future at Old Trafford because he could not guarantee the safety of him and his family. But Rooney, 29, believes his problems can be solved by hiring some of the renowned warriors.
Considering Di Maria earns £280,000-a-week at Manchester United, a few round-the-clock security guards won't be out of his budget. With security a historic concern for Red Devils stars, it is surprising the winger has not hired them already.
Wes Brown is also a firm advocate of Gurkhas with both the former Manchester United defender and Rooney hiring them to patrol the grounds of their Cheshire homes after a number of burglaries in the area. Darren Fletcher's wife was infamously robbed at knifepoint in their family home.
An Old Trafford source told The Sun: “Angel’s wife Jorgelina has been left terrified by the attack and won’t go back to the rented house in Cheshire.
“Wayne has suggested a Gurkha like the one who protects his and Wes Brown’s places. Their guy has had a decorated career in the Army and no one dares go anywhere near the houses.”
Are there other problems?
Di Maria's start to life at Old Trafford has not been ideal with a number of fans starting to question whether the club record fee was worth paying. Van Gaal later admitted that the attack on the player's house was a concern for him.
"Yes, you are right," Van Gaal said earlier this month when asked whether he was concerned about Di María. "I believe in the 'total human being' principle. His environment is also important and he was worried about his wife and child."
But Di Maria's form was not great before the attack and it is obvious life in the Premier League is not nearly as simple as it was for him at Real Madrid. Opponents are stronger, tackles are harder and the weather is harsher.
It will take time for him to adapt, but whether he will come out of the other end the same player that Van Gaal paid almost £60 million for is another question.
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