Chelsea starlet Thorgan Hazard has stated his preference to remain in the Premier League or switch to the Bundesliga if he is to embark on another loan move next season.
21-year-old Hazard - brother of Blues star Eden - is currently on loan in his native Belgium with Pro League outfit Zulte Waregem but evidently has a desire to test himself in a more reputable division if he is not part of the immediate first-team plans at Stamford Bridge.
"At the end of the season, I’m going back to Chelsea and we will discuss my future," he told Radio Télévision Belge Francophone in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.
“I have a preference for the Premier League or the Bundesliga – I do not think I will stay in Belgium.”
Hazard moved to Chelsea from Lens shortly after his older sibling also switched from France to West London during the summer of 2012.
However, while Eden has obviously flourished with the club and quickly established a reputation as one of the best players in the Premier League, Thorgan is yet to really make his mark and has been on loan with Zulte for two straight seasons now.
He has largely impressed during that time, being handed the captain's armband for a short while and also winning his first senior international cap in a friendly win over the USA in May 2013.
While a loan move to another Premier League club would certainly benefit Hazard, it could also definitely work to Chelsea's advantage.
With Jose Mourinho presumably unlikely to have a need to bring him into the first-team setup at this stage given the number of quality attacking midfielders that he currently has at his disposal, a move to a stronger team will allow the Portuguese to fully gauge just how far he has come in his development and also assess his readiness for a future place in the senior squad.