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Hazard: I'm getting closer to Chelsea level

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Zulte Waregem loanee Thorgan Hazard believes he's getting closer to the level needed to play in the Chelsea first-team, but isn't expecting a breakthrough next season, and has set his sights on a temporary move abroad, reports Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old midfielder - who is the younger sibling of Blues ace Eden Hazard - arrived in west London from Lens in 2012, and has aspirations of one day playing in the same side as his brother.

"When I joined Chelsea in 2012, I knew I wouldn't be a first team regular," he explained in an interview with Sport Voetbal Magazine.

"I chose Chelsea because I hope to play in the same team as my brother Eden one day. It's my dream to play together.

"After one-and-a-half years at Zulte Waregem I feel I'm getting closer to the level of Chelsea's first team, but I'm not there yet.

"I don't think Chelsea will be the next step in my career."

Hazard is currently enjoying his second loan spell back in his native Belgium, and recently broke into Marc Wilmots' national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next summer.

But, despite his encouraging progress, the youngster is eager not to hamper his development by returning to Stamford Bridge too soon, where competition for places in Jose Mourinho's side is as fierce as ever.

"If you see the difficult times Kevin De Bruyne, a Belgian international, is having at Chelsea, if you see how many other stars they have on loan all over Europe," he added.

"There's are not many players anymore who dream to be a first team regular at Chelsea at the age of 20.

"I don't think I'll play for a third season in a row at Zulte Waregem, because I already said last season would be my last. I hope my next step will be one abroad, on loan."

On a recent visit to England, Hazard found himself on the scoresheet as Zulte Waregem ran out 2-1 winners against Wigan Athletic in the Europa League.

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