Car 'flipped over several times' leading to Malanda death

German police have confirmed that the car involved in an accident that saw Junior Malanda die "flipped over several times".

The 20-year-old Wolfsburg midfielder died on Saturday after a car accident.

Malanda was said to be travelling towards Hannover on his way to meet Wolfsburg team-mates for a training camp in South Africa.

Police said the vehicle - which Malanda was a passenger in - went off the motorway "for as yet unknown reasons".

They added: "The car broke through the right guardrail, hit a tree, and flipped over several times in the embankment.

"The car came to a stop on its roof. 

"One person was thrown out of the vehicle by the accident and died at the scene.

"This was the 20-year-old Belgian Bundesliga player of VFL Wolfsburg, Bernhard Geoffrey Malanda Adje.

"The car was totally destroyed in the accident. At the time, there was heavy rain and gale-force winds."

The driver and another passenger were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Malanda, considered one of Belgium's best young players, had been a regular at youth levels for the nation.

The midfielder had played in 10 Bundesliga matches for Wolfsburg this season.

Tributes flowed in from a range of football figures, including FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Belgium stars Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne, and national team manager Marc Wilmots.