Stuttgart striker Silas Wamangituka has disclosed to his club that his name and birthdate were changed years ago by a former agent who was controlling him as a teenager.
The forward told the Bundesliga club that he had been living in fear since leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo at the age of 17 to play for French lower league club Ales.
"Over the past few years, I was constantly living in fear and was also very worried for my family in Congo. It was a tough step for me to take to make my story public and I would never have had the courage to do so if Stuttgart, my team and VfB had not become like a second home and a safe place to me." the striker said in a club statement.
He said his real name was Silas Katompa Mvumpa and his birthdate was a year earlier, from 1999 to 1998, making him now 22.
He said the personal data had been changed by a player agent in Belgium who had full control of his bank account and possession of his passport.
Stuttgart said they were fully behind the player and had the name of the player agent in question.
"We took all measures immediately and alerted all necessary authorities after Silas told us," Stuttgart sports director Thomas Hitzlsperger said.
"We make this case public to underline that we are proceeding in a transparent way."
The striker joined Stuttgart in 2019 and scored 11 goals in the most recent season, making him his team's top scorer.