Weeks after intruders raided his bachelor pad – making off with his socks and pants – the Chelsea ace is desperate to return to the high-security home he shared with Cheryl during their four-year marriage.
And the sooner the better.
Our sources say Ashley, 29, wants his ex-wife to ship her stuff out of the £3.5million Surrey mansion that he was awarded in the divorce settlement, so that he can move his footie medals back in.
He sees it as a chance for both of them to make a clean break.
It will leave 27-year-old Cheryl – who has just released a new single, Promise This – free to make a new life with American dancer Derek Hough, possibly in Los Angeles. Our insider tells us: “Ashley wants his house back so he can get on with his life. He wishes Cheryl well, but would like her to move out now so they can both move on.
“He didn’t like having Derek in his home while Cheryl was recovering from malaria – that was weird for him. The idea of another man sitting on his sofa, watching his 52in plasma screen TV, was a little unnerving, to say the least.
“He’s not happy where he is staying now because he recently got burgled – they took all his best tracksuits, socks and pants which, again, freaked him out.
“There was a porter at the apartments and they still got in.
“His family are now concerned for his safety, and would prefer him to move back to his former marital home.”
Friends of Ashley hope the move could take place when Cheryl returns to Britain for the final stages of the X Factor. It is believed Ashley bought the seven-bedroom property so Cheryl was not granted it in their divorce settlement.
Instead Cheryl – who has been busy working on her second album, the follow up to the record-breaking 3 Words – is set to keep their other house which is in Cockfosters, north east London.
A source adds: “Cheryl loved that home. She put her stamp on it and made it really homey, so it would have been a dream to keep it.
“But it’s Ashley’s house, so she may have to move. Still, she is ready to embrace her future. Things are looking brighter than ever for her and she is ready to move on, too.”