Man City defender Joao Cancelo reveals he was ATTACKED by ‘four cowards who managed to take all my jewellery’ while at home with his family… and posts a picture of a nasty cut on his head after confronting them
Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo was attacked in his own home by four burglars on Thursday night.
The 27-year-old sustained facial injuries after fighting back against the intruders, who made off with stolen jewellery.
Cancelo’s partner, Daniela and baby daughter were in the house when the ordeal took place, an incident which left the full back shaken. City said that police are investigating the incident.
Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo has revealed he was attacked at home by intruders
Cancelo pictured with his partner Daniela – they have a baby daughter together called Alicia
The Portugal international, who lives in the suburbs of Manchester, posted a picture of himself on Instagram to document his wounds following the attack.
‘Unfortunately today I was assaulted by four cowards who hurt me and tried to hurt my family,’ he said.
‘When you show resistance this is what happens. They managed to take all my jewellery and leave me with my face with this state.
‘I don’t know how there are people with such meanness. The most important thing for me is my family and luckily they are all OK.
‘And after so many obstacles in my life, this is just one more than I will overcome. Firm and strong, like always.’*
City said in a statement late on Thursday night: ‘We are shocked and appalled that Joao Cancelo and his family were subjected to a burglary at their home this evening during which Joao was also assaulted.
‘Joao and his family are being supported by the club and he is helping the police with their enquiries as they investigate this very serious matter.’
Cancelo played the full 90 minutes as City beat Brentford 1-0 on Wednesday night
The 27-year-old Cancelo lives with his partner, Daniela, and their baby daughter Alicia.
Cancelo has been a regular in Pep Guardiola’s City side this season who lead the Premier League table.
He played the full 90 minutes for City on Wednesday night as they defeated Brentford 1-0. He has played 26 times so far for City in all competitions this season. He has 31 caps for Portugal.
Cancelo joined City in 2019 in a £60m transfer from Italian giants Juventus. He has won the Premier League and the League Cup in his time in England.