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Police: Wolfsburg midfielder Malanda killed in car crash

Police: Wolfsburg midfielder Junior Malanda killed in car crash, was passenger

Police: Wolfsburg midfielder Malanda killed in car crash

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) -- Wolfsburg midfielder and Belgium youth international Junior Malanda was killed in a car crash on Saturday, Wolfsburg police said.

Wolfsburg police official Thomas Schmidtke told the Associated Press that Malanda was killed, and said the crash occurred near Bielefeld in western Germany. He was unable to give further details.

German daily Bild reported on its website that the 20-year-old Malanda was a passenger in the back seat of a Volkswagen Touareg that went off the motorway and crashed into a tree near Bielefeld.

Bild said the driver and another passenger were seriously injured and taken to hospital, while Malanda was killed instantly.

Conditions were stormy across Germany, and high winds may have been a factor in the crash.

Malanda was due to meet with teammates to leave for Wolfsburg's winter training camp in South Africa.

Bielefeld police officer Joerg Haeckel says police could not confirm or deny the report until next of kin were informed.

Malanda joined Wolfsburg from Belgian Pro League side Zulte Waregem last August, going on to score two goals and set up four more in 17 Bundesliga games. He previously played for Lille in France.

Belgium and Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne tweeted a picture of himself with Malanda with the words, "You will always be around!!"

Updated : 2021-09-19 18:59 GMT+08:00