Soccer ace Raheem Sterling has bought a £15,000 guard dog to protect his family and keep the burglars away.
The Manchester City striker, who lives in a £2 million mansion in the Cheshire countryside, has bought a tough Rottweiler named Okan.
He follows a number of Premiership stars to buy dogs, including West Ham’s Andy Carroll who has two Italian mastiffs.
Other players, including Manchester United’s Phil Jones, 24, and West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, 29, have opted for German and Belgian shepherd dogs.
The soccer stars bought them from the specialist supplier ChaperoneK9 after a spate of break-ins at top footballers’ homes.
Sterling posted a picture of his hound on social media on Halloween with the message: “How are you spending Halloween? Big okan is trick or treating for Halloween !!!”
Earlier this year the company posted a photo of Okan with the caption “Young Beast.” Sterling – who agreed a £300,000-a-week contract just days ago, replied: “In love.”
Sterling has suffered abuse from hooligans.
Last year he was left “completely shocked” after a yob hurled racist abuse and kicked him ahead of a match. Karl Anderson was jailed for 16 weeks following the incident outside City’s training ground.
Chaperone K9 takes dogs as puppies and train them up to provide both security – and also be loving family pets.
They company say: “We provide an extensive matching service to help you find the right protection dog for the needs of your family.”
Their website states: “We are renowned for supplying trained dogs to the very highest quality that offer both security and love to their new families in an often unpredictable society.
“We have truly bridged the gap between security dogs and family pets.”
It adds: “Our client base also includes Premiership footballers, international rugby players, pop stars and people working in high risk environments.”
The firm has supplied dogs to clients across Europe, the USA and the middle east.
They state: We appreciate that buying a dog is a huge commitment, especially one that is fully trained to be a loving family pet as well as a home protector.”