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Premier League players are some of the richest athletes on the planet but for one Premier League ace earning £30,000 ($41,433) a week, it apparently isn't enough to fix his relationship with his mum.
The mother of Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles is currently homeless and claims that her son refuses to help her after their relationship broke down, saying that his riches 'have gone to his head'.
Jule Niles, 38, has spent the last three months living in a 10 square foot metal storage crate at a Big Yellow Storage warehouse in Hertfordshire while her son shares a £700,000 apartment with his brother Cordi, a charity worker.
Jule explained how she sneaks into the container after warehouse staff have gone home so there is no risk of them turfing her out on the street.
"It's a metal container with no windows or carpet. There is no toilet or washing facilities," Niles said to The Sun yesterday.
"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."
Jule raised her sons Ainsley and Cordi as a single mum in several council houses in Ilford, east London, occasionally going hungry so her sons could afford to eat.
However, the pair's relationship started to break down in March 2015 after Jule got into a confrontation with staff at Arsenal's training centre over her son Ainsley's future.
She was accused of acting violent towards the club's chief negotiator Dick Law and arrested by police. However, she was eventually released with charge.
According to The Sun, Jule was also accused of threatening Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy after he refused to let Ainsley attend an England kit launch while he was on loan at the club. She denies the claims.
Soon after Jule returned from a trip to Australia in August 2016, paid for by Ainsley, she noticed her two sons were being 'off' with her, with both of them moving out days later. Jule was later evicted from her home and can't find a place to rent due to her irregular work.
Jule believes that her son was advised to distance himself from her, and while he still occasionally sends her money, she clearly just wants her sons back.
"I believe there are very dark forces operating within football," Jule said. "They want to see me down, because the longer Ainsley is away from me the less of a positive influence I can exert over him.
"It wouldn't matter if Ainsley lost all the money tomorrow. He and Cordi are my sons and I love them. I just want them to know that."
For the full story, check out the Sun's story here.
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