Arsenal‘s Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 20, who is rated at £15 million, may not be in good terms with his mother as she is homeless and sleeps in a 10-foot metal storage crate while her footballer son lives in a £700,000 apartment.
According to Jule Niles, 38, she said her son who earns £30,000-a-week and shares a luxury home with his elder brother Cordi, refused to be a guarantor so she could rent a flat.
The mother of two claims she has to sneak past staff at the Big Yellow Storage warehouse to sleep in the freezing container. Jule also said she spent Christmas Day there, cold and alone, before getting lunch at a nearby homeless centre.
Mail Online reports that the footballer’s mother spends her days sitting in coffee shops or the local library to stay warm and pays £2 to shower at a local swimming pool in a bid to hide that she’s homeless.
It was also reported that Jule began living in the box three months ago after her relationship broke down with her son Ainsley.
She said: ‘It’s a metal container with no windows or carpet. There is no toilet or washing facilities. My son Ainsley could buy me a flat with two weeks or two month’s wages.’
‘But the money’s gone to his head and I’m in this position. My son plays for Arsenal and I am homeless and in a storage unit.
‘It’s not a home. I know what home feels like – to be able to shower, brush your teeth and sit in your room. All that I miss – but most of all I miss my family. It’s horrible. I just want to know what I’ve done wrong.’
Jule who lives in fear at the warehouse, says: ‘I wait until everyone has gone home and slip into the unit when it is dark. It is heartbreaking. The area is covered in snow and it’s not been above freezing for days. I heard a homeless man died here overnight on Thursday.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has played for England from Under-17 to Under-21 level, plays as a winger, midfielder or right back for Arsenal.