Player of the year
Hazard was signed by Chelsea in the same transfer window as his brother, the summer of 2012, but has yet to make a senior appearance for the club, instead spending a two-year spell with Zulte Waregem.
Last season the 21-year-old performed to distinction for Zulte Waregem - scoring 17 goals and providing 20 assists to earn himself the player of the year award in the Belgian top-flight.
Following this breakthrough campaign there had been a suggestion or two that Hazard would return to Stamford Bridge to play some sort of role in Jose Mourinho’s first-team set-up, but the decision has been taken to afford the winger a chance to further his education elsewhere.
Excited by challenge
“First of all I am happy that I can now play for Borussia,” Hazard said following the confirmation of his move to Germany.
“I do not know much about the club, but I hope that I will soon learn more about it. I know that Marco Reus has played here and of course also know my fellow countryman Filip Daems . Everything else I will certainly learn in the coming time.”
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The signing of Hazard represents something of a coup for Gladbach given the other esteemed clubs reported to have been in contention for the player, with Liverpool perhaps the most notable to have been in supposed pursuit.
It was claimed in recent months that Liverpool had opened talks with Chelsea regarding a potential deal for Hazard, who has been valued at £6 million, with Brendan Rodgers looking to reinforce his Anfield ranks.