Wolfsburg recall Malanda from loan

Wolfsburg have announced that Belgium under-21 international Junior Malanda will return to the Bundesliga club after the winter break, having spent the first half of the season on loan at Zulte-Waregem.

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Malanda, 19, joined Wolfsburg from Zulte in the summer on a five-year deal but was loaned back to continue his development in Belgium.

After impressing his parent club in recent months, though, Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking believes the midfielder is ready to feature in the German top flight.

“I am convinced that this is exactly the right step both for him and for us, and I am pleased that Junior Malanda will join the team after the winter break,” Hecking told his club’s official website. “With him, we have even more options.”

Sporting director Klaus Allofs added: “After we signed him, we have been following his development closely. Over the last half year, he has convinced us with his continued strong performances.

“Therefore, we decided to take the option to bring him to VfL at this early stage. Despite his age, Junior Malanda is a player who has the necessary experience. Now, with VfL, he has the chance to develop his great potential.”