PSV’s Zahavi ‘wants to leave Netherlands’ after second raid on family home

Eran Zahavi (centre) last played for PSV against Fortuna Sittard a month ago. Photo: ANP/Maurice van Steen
Eran Zahavi (centre) last played for PSV a month ago. Photo: ANP/Maurice van Steen

PSV Eindhoven’s Israeli striker Eran Zahavi reportedly wants to leave the Netherlands permanently after a second break-in at his home in seven months.

The house in Amsterdam was ransacked on Sunday evening, around the time PSV were playing at NEC Nijmegen, the Telegraaf reported. Zahavi is currently sidelined with a knee injury and has taken his family to Dubai while he recovers.

In May two men broke into Zahavi’s house and tied up his wife, Shay, and their four children while he was travelling to a match against Willem II. Police said the attack may have been motivated by anti-Semitism, partly because they cut off some of Shay’s hair.

PSV said they had had no contact with the player, but expected him to notify them if he plans to leave the club. ‘We have read about it, but nothing has been made known to PSV,’ said managing director Toon Gerbrands.

The Telegraaf said police were looking for two suspects, one of whom was wearing a grey tracksuit with a black hood, while the other had dark trousers and a light-coloured jacket.

Zahavi, 34, last played for PSV against Fortuna Sittard on November 7. A week later he picked up a knee injury during Israel’s World Cup qualifying match in Austria, which was expected to put him out of action for three months.

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