Erik Lamela's brother kidnapped in Argentina

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Erik Lamela was given a brief scare ahead of his home debut for Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, after news broke that his brother had been kidnapped at gunpoint in Argentina, reports the Mail on Sunday.

According to reports in Italy, the £30million club-record signing's sibling was taken in the Vicente Lopez area of Buenos Aires, and was held for several hours by the armed carjackers.

The 18-year-old was released in exchange for a ransom of 5,000 pesos - which equates to about £550 - after the Lamela family agreed to make payment on Friday evening.

"They told us to get the ransom money and make sure the police were not involved," explained older brother Brian Lamela. "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."

Incidents such as this are commonplace in South America, and it's not thought that the teenager was targeted specifically due to his connections with the Premier League star.

Lamela came on as a late substitute as Spurs coasted to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Norwich City at White Hart Lane, moving them up to second place in the table with nine points from four games.

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