Chelsea starlet Thorgan Hazard appears to be attracting more attention from the Bundesliga, with reports suggesting that Schalke are set to battle Borussia Dortmund to secure him on a loan deal for next season.
This is according to talkSPORT, who claim that Schalke are ready to go-head-to-head with their German rivals for the services of a player who has yet to make a first-team appearance for his parent club.
Chelsea bought Thorgan Hazard - brother of first-team sensation Eden - from French club Lens in 2012.
And while his elder brother has positively flourished since moving to Stamford Bridge from Lille during the same summer, Hazard has spent much of the last two seasons back in his homeland on loan to Zulte Waregem.
While it could obviously be argued that the Belgian Pro League is vastly inferior to the Premier League, Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea colleagues must have been suitably encouraged by some of his exciting and dynamic performances at Regenboogstadion.
With evident interest building in Hazard, Mourinho - who is not exactly short on extensive quality in midfield areas, it must be said - must decide whether or not he will allow such a talented youngster to leave on loan once again or endeavour to include him in the first-team fold.
Fierce rivals Schalke and Borussia Dortmund will be hoping for the former, of course, with both teams in need of reinforcements ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
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