Chelsea midfielder Thorgan Hazard believes he has made the right step in his career by agreeing a loan move to Borussia Monchengladbach, and is hoping a string of impressive Bundesliga performances will help put him in first-team contention in west London next season.
Sky Sports reports how the 21-year-old brother of Blues wide-man Eden Hazard has spent the previous two campaigns back in his native Belgium at Zulte Waregem, but remains hopeful of eventually forging a career in the Premier League.
The talented youngster insists he's ready to show what he can do in a more competitive league, where he'll spend the entire 2014/15 campaign in Germany with a club that will also contest in the Europa League.
Hazard will be able to showcase his talents on a larger scale at Stadion im Borussia-Park in an attempt to catch the eye of Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho who made a couple of personal checks on the Belgian last season.
The former Lens starlet - who first signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2012, soon after his sibling's £32 million switch from Lille - had a number of other transfer options available to him this summer, but after his father spoke directly with Mourinho came to the decision that Monchengladbach was the best offer.
"I didn't talk personally to Jose Mourinho this summer, but I was honoured that he came to Zulte Waragem to watch me," explained Hazard in an interview with Corelio.
"My dad, who is my new agent, talked to Mourinho. He repeated what he said to me last year, that I have to play for a good team. Then we started talking to other teams. Which ones? I wanted to go abroad.
"There was interest from Spain and Germany, but I had the best feeling with Gladbach. They play attacking football, with lots of movement, and they will be in the Europa League."
Hazard also pointed to Germany's recent World Cup success in Brazil as evidence that football in that country is thriving, and will be the best place to continue his development over the next 12 months.
"Did you see how Germany became world champions? That was a machine. I have to become a machine in Germany before I can move to the Premier League."
Some Chelsea fans have questioned whether Thorgan has the overall quality to succeed at the elite level, given the fact that his elder brother Eden made his Blues breakthrough at the same age two years ago.
"I don't have the same character as my brother but I will try to achieve his level," he concluded. "It's still our dream to play together at Chelsea, but I don't know if that will ever happen.
"That Gladbach have taken me without an option to buy proves that they believe in me. If they want to loan me for an extra season, I'll take that."
Chelsea have continued to strengthen their midfield department this summer after negotiating the high-profile transfer of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, and reportedly holding talks with Real Madrid star Sami Khedira.
Hazard junior knows that he will face stiff competition for a first-team place in the side in the future, but now has the perfect chance to prove his worth this season.