Benjamin Mendy was secretly transferred to another prison in the days before Christmas because of concerns for his safety.
Manchester City Footballer, who is being accused of seven counts each of rape, will appear in court again on Friday.
Mendy, 27, was in Liverpool’s Category-B HMP Altcourse up until December 23.
Silver Screen Beat reported that the France international player was transferred to Strangeways, a top-security prison, just before Christmas because of growing concerns about his safety.
It is located in Manchester and has been called one of the UK’s most difficult prisons.
Mendy and Louis Saha Matturie (40), were driven there on December 23.
Strangeways is claiming that the couple were relocated to Strangeways due to their high-profile case.
This decision was made because the Category-A conditions at Strangeways were considered to be better equipped for dealing with any potential problems.
A source told Silver Screen Beat: “He won’t know what’s hit him coming from Altcourse, which is a privately run prison. It’s one of the toughest jails in the country.
“His other problem will not be the Man United fans that are there.”
“They will be screaming his name for weeks so he won’t be getting much sleep, especially as he’s charged with sex offences.
“There are a lot of Blues’ fans there as well, but even the most avid will struggle to protect an alleged sex offender.”
Mendy is charged with seven counts of rape on four women and one count of sexual touching.
On Friday, Mendy and Matturie will face a hearing to determine custody and bail agreements.
A plea and trial preparation hearing will be held on January 24.
The trial will take place either on June 27 or august 1 next year.