After the death of his former partner, Jerome Boateng left the Bayern Munich Club World Cup team to return to Germany.
Kasia Lenhardt, 25, was found dead on Tuesday in her Berlin apartment. Her death is not being viewed by officials as suspicious.
Last week, she and Boateng split, announcing the latter in a since-deleted message on social media.
On the eve of their Club World Cup final against Mexican side Tigres, Bayern coach Hansi Flick announced that Boateng had requested to leave the squad for personal reasons, and he will be absent indefinitely.
Flick told a news conference: “We were stunned by this.”
“Jerome came to me and asked me to return home. After a negative [COVID-19] test, he will return home and not be available until further notice.”
Boateng had played the 2-0 semi-final victory against Al Ahly of Egypt on Monday and would possibly have started again when Bayern went up against Tigres.
In potentially nullifying the threat of in-form Tigres striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who has netted in each of his previous six matches in all competitions, his experience, and physical prowess would have been crucial.
The flick will not give any advice as to his options but has encouraged Bayern to take the initiative.
“It is up to us to put pressure on our opponents and to play our game when we have possession,” Flick added. In the semi-finals, we did well. I have full faith in my squad.
“We have to be careful. In their build-up, tigers are very fast. They operate well down the wings and have players who score in the center. We have to be there from the start and convert our chances this time.”
Ricardo Ferretti, Flick’s Tigres counterpart, was ahead of the match in a bullish mood, adamant people underestimate them ahead of this rivalry only because they’re not from Europe.
You mention Bayern of Europe and no one doubts their successes, but why do people just want to see things from one side?” he said.”
“We’ve won 11 titles in 10 years. It would underestimate us if you were to forecast it [the game] because they are European and we are North American.
“We know the capacity of Bayern, but as I have always said, we are not afraid of anyone. We will try to do our thing, very well, to be champions.”