Spurs supporting Vertonghen after thieves target family
Tottenham are supporting Jan Vertonghen after his family were robbed at knifepoint while he was away on Champions League duty.
Vertonghen was part of the squad that travelled to Germany for the last-16 second leg with RB Leipzig on Tuesday when four thieves wearing balaclavas raided his home.
They were armed with knives, but Vertonghen’s wife and two children were unharmed.
Jan Vertonghen’s family was held at knifepoint as four armed men burgled his home while he was on Champions League duty with Tottenham on Tuesday.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 15, 2020
The Belgium defender is reported to have been made aware of the incident during the 3-0 defeat in Leipzig and boss Jose Mourinho was seen consoling him at full-time.
A Spurs spokesperson said: “We have been supporting Jan and his family through this terribly traumatic time. We encourage anyone who has any information to come forward to help the police with their investigation.”
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police added: “Police were called to a residential address in NW3 at 7.49pm on 10 March to a report of a burglary. Officers attended. It was reported four men wearing balaclavas, armed with knives, had forced entry to the property and stolen a number of items before leaving.
“Nobody was injured. The suspects had left the scene before officers arrived. There have been no arrests and inquiries continue.”
Vertonghen has been a key man for Spurs this season, making 26 appearances in all competitions, but is out of contract in the summer and seems likely to leave when the transfer window reopens.
The centre-back has been with the Londoners since 2012 and has played 311 times for the club, scoring 14 goals.