Wolfsburg midfielder Junior Malanda has died at the age of 20.


The Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA) announced the death of the Belgium Under-21 international in a statement.

Although the circumstances surrounding Malanda’s death are yet to be confirmed, reports in Germany claim he was involved in a traffic accident near Porta Westfalica on Saturday.

Malanda was understood to be travelling ahead of catching a flight to South Africa to join up with the rest of the Wolfsburg squad for their winter training camp.

He had played in 10 Bundesliga matches for Wolfsburg this season and had been tipped for a big future at the club.

The RBFA statement read: “The world of football has lost a great talent. Junior Malanda passed away this afternoon at the age of 20 years.

“The Belgian Union sends its condolences to his family and loved ones.”

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