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13th Dec 2021

Nicolás Otamendi violently assaulted and robbed at home

Daniel Brown

Otamendi was assaulted and robbed on Monday

Former Manchester City defender Nicolás Otamendi has been assaulted and robbed at his home in Portugal.

The Argentine was assaulted by four assailants who put a belt around his neck and robbed money and watches from him.

According to Portuguese outlet Correio da Manhã, the Benfica defender – who joined the club from City in September 2020 – was the victim of assault and robbery on Monday morning.

It is thought that the incident occurred after the Eagles’ 4-1 win at Famalicao on Sunday.

The player is said to have been ‘caught as he arrived back at his home’.

Otamendi was reportedly beaten before being led into the room where his ‘panicked’ wife and son were being held.

According to the Daily Mirror, a legal process has been started to try to find the perpetrators.

It adds that a guard in charge of private security agents has been situated at the door of Otamendi’s house on the south of the river Tagus.

Benfica have released a statement to respond to the episode, which read: “Benfica confirms that its player Nico Otamendi was the victim of a robbery at his home during the early hours of today.

“The player and his family are doing well, despite the enormous discomfort generated by the situation they are experiencing.

“Benfica asks that the privacy of the player and his family be respected by all the media, pending the completion of the investigations initiated by the authorities.”

The defender is in his second season with the Portuguese giants, where he has made 55 appearances so far.

The 33-year-old also made over 200 appearances for City prior to his move, winning the Premier League title on two occasions during his career in England.

He also won the Copa America earlier this year with Argentina, with Ángel Di María scoring the winner in the 22nd minute of the final.

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