Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea backs Reece James after ‘shocking’ break-in in which thieves steal defender’s Champions League and Euro 2020 medals by carrying heavy safe from his home
- Reece James was the victim of a burglary at his home in Surrey on Tuesday evening while playing for Chelsea in the Champions League.
- Thieves stole a safe containing the English defender’s Champions League, Euro 2020 and European Supercup medals
- James has released surveillance camera footage of the break-in on his Instagram
- Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said the club fully supports James
- The Blues take on London rivals Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday
Thomas Tuchel described the break-in that saw thieves steal Champions League and England medals from Chelsea defender Reece James as “shocking” and says the club fully supports him.
James, 21, was playing for Chelsea in a Champions League match against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday night when the gang broke into his £2.5million home in north Surrey.
He posted images of the gang to his Instagram account, revealing his last season’s Champions League winners’ medal, his summer’s Euro 2020 silver medal and this season’s European Super Cup winners’ medal in a safe that was taken. .
James (pictured with his Champions League winners medal) said the vault held his Champions League and Super Cup medals, as well as his England Euro 2020 runners-up medal
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said the club supported James after the break-in
Ahead of Chelsea’s London derby at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, manager Tuchel said the club were doing everything they could to support James.
“It was quite shocking for all of us and to hear the news and see the images. There’s not much to say, I think it’s a given that we support him,” he said
“The club is very supportive and we support emotionally. Sometimes it helps to focus on something else and not everyone is trying to help you and want to talk to you about it over and over.
“Sometimes it helps to keep the focus on the game and training and what you need to do to have the best distraction. It’s clear that everyone here supports him.’
Tuchel’s words suggest that despite the traumatic events, James will be involved in Sunday’s game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
A gang of thieves load a safe from the home of English star Reece James into a getaway car
One clip shows some thieves struggling to move the safe, while others struggle to open the gates of the footballer’s house. In the end, they manage to do both and load the safe into the back of a getaway car
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Premier League unless otherwise stated
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September 22 Aston Villa (H)
Carabao Cup third round
25th of September Manchester City (H)
September 29 Juventus (A)
October 2nd Southampton (H)
October 16 Brentford (A)
The footage from the security cameras posted by James shows some thieves struggling to move the safe, while others try to open the gates of the football player’s house, which was empty at the time.
Finally, they manage to place the safe in the back of a getaway car, open the gates and drive away.
James wrote on Instagram about the break-in: “On the evening of September 14, 2021, when I was playing for my club in the Champions League return, a group of cowardly robbers broke into my house.
‘They managed to jointly lift a heavy safe with some of my personal items into their car.
“I never have any jewelry of mine in my house, so all that was in the safe was my Champions League winners medal and Super Cup winners medal and the runner-up for Euro 2020.
“These medals were won by representing Chelsea and England – honor that can never be taken from me, whether or not I have the physical medals to prove it.
Nevertheless, I appeal to all my Chelsea and England fans to help identify and report these low-life people who will never be able to rest in peace as the evidence piles up against them.
James (left) played for Chelsea at the time in a Champions League match against Zenit
After the final of the Euro 2020 loss to Italy, James (front) was one of many English players to take second place shortly after receiving.
“The police, my advisers and Chelsea FC (and many others) are all behind me as we have clear clues as to who the perpetrators are. We lock them up.
“Luckily no one was around during the break-in, but I just want to let you all know I’m safe and sound.
“I really appreciate having the platform to tell you all about my accident and I hope that together we can catch these individuals and bring justice where it belongs.”