The incidence of armed robberies in Spain has been on a conspicuous rise over the past year. Professional footballers have become regular targets of such episodes, with Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suffering such attacks in recent weeks.
The latest player to have fallen prey to a robbery is Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal. As reported by El Confidencial, two hooded people armed with metal bars jumped into the player’s garden on Tuesday and were captured by the security cameras.
Fortunately, Carvajal and his family were not at home during the incident and escaped unhurt. The assailants fled the scene after the alarm went off, realising that they had been caught by the security system.
The player filed a complaint with the police immediately after the incident. An investigation is currently ongoing to track down the robbers.
One reminisces the recent incident involving Aubameyang when the striker injured his jaw during a break-in into his residence.
Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema was also a victim of a similar incident back in January.
Following the chain of burglaries in Spain, players around the league will look to tighten the security systems at their residences. A step needs to be taken to prevent such episodes for it is negative publicity for the league as a whole.
Carvajal is expected to return to training normally this week and is in line to start Real Madrid’s game against Real Betis at the weekend. With Lucas Vazquez rising in prominence under Carlo Ancelotti, the veteran will look to up his game and win back the starting spot.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.