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Lamela's brother kidnapped by armed carjackers

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Erik Lamela made his home debut for Spurs in Saturday's 2-0 win over Norwich © Getty Images
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Tottenham's record signing Erik Lamela suffered a terrifying ordeal on the eve of his White Hart Lane debut after his brother was kidnapped by armed carjackers and held for ransom.

Lamela, 21, who joined Spurs from Roma for £30 million, came off the bench late on as Andre Villas-Boas' men secured a 2-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.

However the Argentinean's preparations for the big occasion were hit on Friday night with the news his 18-year-old brother Axel was taken at gunpoint in their nation's capital.

The criminals kidnapped Axel from his BMW in the Vicente Lopez area of Buenos Aires before using his mobile phone to call his family and demand a ransom of 5,000 pesos (£550). The younger Lamela was released on Friday evening once the the money was received.

It is believed the kidnapping was not due to Axel's high profile footballer brother, but simply because of the expensive car he was driving.

Erik and Axel's older brother Brian Lamela said: "They told us to get the ransom money and make sure the police were not involved. They came to our front door to collect the money.

"They did not cover their faces and the security cameras at our house recorded them.

"My brother is calm. All of us think it was a random incident - they simply kidnapped him for the car and nothing else."

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