There was tragic news coming out of Germany on Saturday as it was confirmed that young Wolfsburg midfielder Junior Malanda had been killed in a car crash en route too meeting up with his teammates.
The Daily Mirror ran reports from the German press claiming that the 20-year-old was in the back seat of an SUV travelling near the city of Bielefeld northern Germany when it was involved in a high-speed collision.
It goes on to report that the vehicle then went over the guardrail before crashing into a tree by the side of thread. Malanda was reportedly thrown from the vehicle and died instantly.
The Belgium Under-21 midfielder was on his way to meet up with the Wolfsburg squad before flying out to a training camp in South Africa. The club postponed the trip on Saturday, but decided to travel out on Sunday.
"We are all deeply saddened and our disbelief can hardly be put into words,” said sporting director Klaus Allofs in a statement released by Wolfsburg and run by BBC Sport.
"We can't believe he is no longer with us. Our thoughts at this difficult time are with his family and loved ones.
"He was the good spirit of our team and a fun-loving person. In addition, Junior was an excellent football player who was only at the very beginning of his development."
Malanda was a promising young defensive midfielder and had joined Wolfsburg 2013 from Belgian Zulte Waregem. He went back on loan to his former club but was beginning to establish himself as a fixture in the German side’s first team.
The Bundesliga is currently on a winter break and numerous clubs have gone on warm weather training clubs like the one that Wolfsburg were heading to before the tragic accident occurred.