Early leave from the Bayern Munich Club World Cup preparations in Qatar was given to Jerome Boateng following the tragic news of the death of his former girlfriend.
Kasia Lenhardt, 25, was found dead on Tuesday night by police in a luxurious apartment thought to belong to Boateng in Berlin’s upmarket Charlottenborg neighborhood.
Last week, the couple just separated and Lenhardt killed herself on the sixth birthday of her son. Police also said that they do not regard her death as suspicious.
On Wednesday morning, her death was publicly announced, and that afternoon it was reported that Boateng would return to Germany.
In Thursday’s Club World Cup final, Bayern is due to play Mexican club Tigres UANL, but Boateng asked for obvious and understandable personal reasons to leave the party.
‘We were all taken with it,’ said Bayern manager Hansi Flick on Wednesday at a virtual news conference.
‘Jerome was in my bed, asking me to return home. We fulfilled his wish, too, from the club side. After the corona exam, which he also needs to reach Germany, he will fly home and until further notice will not be open to us.’
‘Jerome came to me, telling me to go back home. He will return home after a negative (COVID-19) examination and will not be available until further notice.’
Boateng began on Monday with their 2-0 semi-final win over Al Ahly.
Speaking of the death of Lenhardt, a friend told MailOnline: ‘It was her son Noah’s birthday yesterday. On her own, Kasia was at home. The police were called by a member of her family because they could not get hold of her and they were concerned.
‘She died a week after an interview was given by Jerome in which he said their relationship had ended. He said some really ugly stuff about Kasia. She was really mad about it.’
On Wednesday, model friend Sara Kulka announced her death, paying tribute in a cryptic Instagram post that said:’ I hope the truth comes out. I know how much you’d like it to be.’
For 15 months before their relationship imploded on February 2, during a brutal battle that saw the pair use social media and the press to trade blows, Lenhardt was dating 32-year-old Boateng.