Tottenham Hotspur limped out of the Champions League on Tuesday night after suffering a 4-0 aggregate defeat to RB Leipzig.
Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho was once again without a number of injured first team players including Ben Davies, Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Heung-min Son and Steven Bergwijn.
The Portuguese was able to call upon the services of Jan Vertonghen but decided to leave the Belgian on the bench once again.
After the final whistle at the Red Bull Arena, Mourinho was spotted by journalist Jonathan Veal consoling the 32-year-old.
While some fans guessed that it could have been down to the fact that the defender is out of contract in the summer and came to the realisation that he may never make an appearance in the Champions League for the North London club again, it appears that the reason for his distress was over something considerably more serious.
The Express report that four criminals armed with machetes broke into Vertonghen’s home while he was in Germany.
The property was occupied by his wife Sophie De Vries and their two children at the time of the break-in which occured at around 8pm where she was told to hand over valuables and money.
Sophie complied with the demands of the thieves and they fled with electronic items whilst thankfully, Vertonghen’s family were not hurt.
The search for the perpertrators is still ongoing with police having conducted door-to-door checks only to hear that no similar crimes had taken place on the same evening.
A Spurs source told the Express: “They were masked and carrying weapons, including knives and machetes, and demanded to know where the cash and valuables were.
“Jan’s wife was obviously terrified and did as she was told. The group carried out a search and fled with electronic items.
“Thankfully I don’t believe anyone was hurt. The family were obviously terrified, especially given Jan was away with the Spurs squad.
“The police carried out a scene examination. Some officers did door-to-door checks to warn people and ask if anyone had seen anything as Jan’s family were not the only victims and at least one neighbour had been targeted too.”
A spokesman for Spurs said: “We have been supporting Jan and his family through this terribly traumatic time and we encourage anyone who has any information to come forward to help the police with their investigation.”
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