Luis Diaz will remain in England “for security reasons” as police and military continue the search for his kidnapped father in Colombia.
With authorities in his home country sending army squads to guard the border and prevent Luis Manuel Diaz from being taken to neighboring Venezuela, the Liverpool star will reportedly not travel home.
Semana Diaz reportedly wanted to travel to Colombia, but relatives persuaded him not to.
They cited “security issues” as a factor and Diaz will place his hopes for a rescue in the hands of authorities.
Diaz, 26, learned of his parents’ abduction by gunmen on Saturday evening ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League game against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
Liverpool star Luis Diaz will reportedly not travel to Colombia after relatives persuaded him to stay in England as the hunt for his kidnapped father continues
The search for Luis Manuel Diaz continues as authorities monitor jungle areas near the border with Venezuela
A reward of around £40,000 has been offered for information about the kidnapping
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He has left the squad and is being looked after by Liverpool FC staff while he waits for news from his homeland.
Diaz’s mother, Cilenis Marulanda, was freed by the kidnappers, but the whereabouts of his father Luis Manuel remain unknown.
The Colombian army issued an update that the search for Diaz’s father continues with support from “two motorized trains, unmanned aircraft, checkpoints, helicopters, a plane with special radar and more than 120 men,” Semana reported.
On Monday it was reported that border crossings between Colombia and Venezuela in the dense jungle were being monitored by army commandos as the large-scale search mission continued.
According to reports from Colombia, police are not ruling out the possibility that Diaz’s father is already in Venezuela, even though crossing the dense jungle would have been dangerous.
Police Director General William Salamanca said: “Beyond that.” [being in Venezuela]I can’t give any information, I want to be very careful.
“I flew over the area and they would have to cross the Perija Mountains, but I think a human cannot do that in this area.”
The star’s mother (pictured in 2019) has been rescued, but his father is believed to still be held captive and authorities are continuing the search
A video that surfaced in Colombia showed Diaz’s mother being reunited with her family
“We tried to leave some commandos there, but we weren’t able to because of the density of the jungle.”
“In addition, since yesterday evening there is a blockade that the army has set up in the lower part of the mountains that would represent the exit to Venezuela.”
Semana said the search for Diaz’s father had reached a point of “stagnation” as authorities waited for his captors’ demands.
According to the report, Luis Manuel and his wife Cilenis Marulanda were buying watermelons when they were picked up by four armed men on motorcycles.
After police conducted a “padlock” operation to find the pair, the attackers reportedly abandoned Diaz’s stolen car and drove off on three motorcycles, two of which were taken by civilians.
Diaz’s mother was freed from her ordeal with a reward of 200 million Colombian pesos [around £40,000] offered by the authorities for information.
Diaz remains in the thoughts of his teammates, who won 3-0 without him on Sunday
Diaz’s jersey was held up by Diogo Jota and applauded during Forest’s clash at Anfield
The Colombian Football Federation posted on its Instagram account: “We ask the kidnappers of Luis Manuel Diaz, the father of Luis Diaz, to release him now without conditions.” Football is peace. Lucho, we are with you. Colombia is with you.’
Also the coach of the Colombian national team, Nestor Lorenzo issue a plea that Luis Manuel will be returned safely.
He wrote on social media: “I’m fighting with you!” We pray and call for your father’s early release, safe and healthy. “All of Colombia is with you.”
Another post said: “We continue to wait for the release of Luis Diaz’s father so that sanity can be restored, we want him to be safe and healthy.” “We are with you, Lucho.”