Football star uncovers £1m treasure trove in own hotel’s basement


A footballer who plays for Tottenham Hotspur has uncovered a treasure trove in the basement of his hotel, which is worth a reported £1m.

Mousa Dembele is quids in after archaeologists uncovered the jackpot at De Gulde Schoen – The Golden Shoe – his hotel in Antwerp.

The Spur’s star, who owns the property with his sister, is planning an extensive renovation of the building and instructed professionals to give the 700-year-old premises a check before starting on the rebuild.

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The discovery found 18th-century porcelain, glass, pottery and tableware in a treasure chest and its thought the site was previously home to a high end hotel or tavern in the past.

Some of the items are expected to be put on display at the hotel, with the rest given to local museums.

“We found the items in a closed-off area in the cellar. It was pure chance, as the space did not match the building plan,” added Antwerp city archaeologist Tim Bellens.

The Dembele family are planning to build a spa and swimming pool the basement of the property.




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