Thorgan Hazard looks set to join Borussia Monchengladbach, with the club's sporting director claiming that they have reached an agreement with Chelsea to bring the Belgian midfielder to Borussia-Park next season.
21-year-old Thorgan is yet to make a first-team appearance at Stamford Bridge after following brother Eden to the Blues during the summer of 2012 and has spent the last two seasons back in his homeland with Pro League outfit Zulte Waregem.
And it looks as if he is going to have to wait a little while longer to realise the ambition of lining up alongside his supremely talented sibling at domestic level, with a deal to take him to the Bundesliga seemingly ready to be confirmed.
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"We were always going to make an attacking signing, no matter what the situation is with Luuk de Jong and Peniel Mlapa, and this will be Thorgan Hazard," Max Eberl told the Rheinischen Post in an interview that was quoted by The Daily Star.
"We have exchanged contracts with Chelsea and we have agreed with Thorgan, we have all agreed and now just need to sign the contracts."
While the nature of such a deal is not specified by Eberl, it is thought that the move will only be on a temporary basis, presumably giving Hazard the chance to further prove his worth to Jose Mourinho moving forward.
Although Hazard is sure to be disappointed not to be afforded the opportunity to stake his claim for a first-team berth at Chelsea next season, supporters will perhaps be quick to agree that another loan move is in the player's best interests in both the short and longer terms.
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The competition for places in Mourinho's midfield is particularly fierce at present, with the Portuguese evidently desperate to ensure that Chelsea do not suffer a repeat of their disappointingly trophyless 2013/14 campaign next time around.
Hazard certainly possesses a lot of raw talent, that is certainly not in question, but it appears unlikely that he has what it takes at the current time to force his way into contention on a regular basis and therefore a move would appear to be the best solution to aid his rapid development.
A move to the Bundesliga - if indeed it does materialise - also represents an obvious step up from domestic Belgian football. Monchengladbach are no minnows either, with Lucien Favre's men having finished in sixth place last season.
An agreement of this nature will presumably come as somewhat of a disappointment to Brendan Rodgers, with Liverpool also having been credited with an interest in taking Hazard to Merseyside.
Indeed, whether Chelsea would have responded positively to such a possibility must be considered doubtful, particularly given the disappointing season-long stint Victor Moses spent at Anfield last year.
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