Former Arsenal loanee Denis Suarez has his home broken into by burglars on New Year’s Eve as he becomes latest star to be targeted in Spain… but thieves leave empty-handed
- Ex-Arsenal midfielder Denis Suarez’s home was burgled on New Year’s Eve
- Suarez was out partying with his girlfriend Nadia Aviles when the thieves struck
- Local media report that nothing was taken from Suarez’s Barcelona property
- The 25-year-old currently plays for Celta Vigo following £11.5m move from Barca
Celta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez has become the latest LaLiga footballer to have his house raided by burglars.
However, unlike many of his fellow professionals in Spain’s top flight, the thieves left empty handed after deciding that nothing was worth stealing.
The 25-year-old, who struggled to make any sort of impact during his six-month loan spell at Arsenal, was out partying with his girlfriend Nadia Aviles at the time of the break-in on New Year’s Eve.
Denis Suarez’s Barcelona home was burgled while he was out partying on New Year’s Eve
Suarez poses with girlfriend Nadia Aviles in Christmas jumpers just days before the break-in
Local media are reporting that the burglars ransacked the Barcelona property and destroyed the safe before leaving with empty pockets.
While Suarez appears to have been the rare exception where nothing was taken, other stars haven’t been so lucky.
The burglary comes a month after Barcelona right back Nelson Semedo had his house broken into just hours before he featured in El Clasico against Real Madrid.
A spokesman for the regional Mossos d’Esquadra police force in Barcelona confirmed they were investigating a burglary at a property in Esplugues de Llobregat near the city airport.
He was unable to offer any information on what, if anything had been taken, although a Spanish radio station said valuables including watches and jewellery had been stolen.
Suarez struggled during his short loan spell at Arsenal before sealing a move to Celta Vigo
Suarez poses along with girlfriend Aviles near the London Eye during his Arsenal days
Barcelona’s Lisbon-born right back Semedo learned the news after checking into the team hotel.
In October several members of an Albanian-led gang suspected of targeting at least three top footballers’ homes in and around Madrid, were arrested.
One of the footballers targeted by the gang was identified as on-loan Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata, whose wife Alice Campello was confronted by armed intruders in June while she was alone at their home north of Madrid with a nanny and one-year-old twins Alessandro and Leonardo.
A Champions League medal and passport belonging to Atletico de Madrid’s Ghana-born star Thomas Partey was also said to have been recovered along with valuables during the suspects’ arrests.
Last month former West Ham striker Javier Hernandez’s new Spanish home was targeted by a burglar just two months after he signed for Sevilla.
Barcelona star Nelson Semedo had his house broken into before last month’s El Clasico
Alvaro Morata’s home was broken into while his wife and two children were inside
A housekeeper prevented the intruder from getting in after calling police when she saw him trying to break into the property.
He fled before detectives reached the house, next to the Real Club de Sevilla Golf Course which was designed by Jose Maria Olazabal and lies between Seville and the nearby town of Alcala de Guadaira.
The attempted break-in happened at the start of the Sevilla-Betis derby.
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane and Barcelona star Gerard Pique have also had their homes targeted by burglars while they were away on footballing duties.