Borussia Mönchengladbach have secured the services of Thorgan Hazard for next season as the Belgian joins the club on a season-loan basis.
Famously known as Eden Hazard's younger brother, the fellow Chelsea midfielder will spend a third season away from Stamford Bridge.
In 2012, the 21-year-old arrived in London after moving from French side Lens, but he has been unable to break through into the first team and has been gaining experience playing the Belgian league with Zullte Waregem. At the end of the 2012/13 season he won the Player of the Year in the Belgian league and in the last campaign he scored 14 goals in 29 appearances. He also picked up a couple of goals in the Europa League where he featured 10 times.
Due to his efforts, Hazard was named into Belgium's provisional squad for this year's World Cup however he didn't fly out with the team. His brother played a vital part in the team's progress as they reached the quarter-finals and lost out to Argentina 1-0.
The move to Monchengladbach
Hazard is now moving on to a greater challenge as he will go on to compete in the more intense Bundesliga with a side who have European ambitions. Mönchengladbach's sporting director, Max Eberl, is excited by the prospect of taking on the talented, young winger play for the upcoming season.
"Thorgan is a promising young talent who can play in different positions in attack," Eberl said according to Bundesliga.com.
"We’re delighted that he has chosen us as the club where he can take the next step in his career."
Gladbach have seen a lot of faces leave the club already this season including highly-rated goal keeper, Marc-André ter Stegen who joined FC Barcelona in May. The 22 year old, who has spent most of his life at the club landed his dream move to the Catalan club after pulling off a lot of eye catching performances. Since 2011 he has made 125 appearances for the club but now he hopes to take the number one spot at the Nou Camp after the departure of Victor Valdes. He will also be joined by Chilean shot stopper, Claudio Bravo.
Juan Arango and Elias Kachunga have also left the club with Arango departing for Mexico's Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente and Kachunga joins newly promoted Paderborn.
One man who will be returning to the club is Luuk de Jong after Newcastle United decided against signing the German striker on a permanent basis. The 23-year-old had a really disappointing season, after failing to find the net both in Germany and in England but he is adamant that he wants to prove his critics wrong and see out his contract that expires in 2017.
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