Chelsea officials have held preliminary talks with Borussia Monchengladbach over a potential permanent deal for Thorgan Hazard, Monchengladbach's sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed.
Hazard has been on loan with the Bundesliga club this season and has impressed thus far. His move to Germany followed an equally successful loan spell at Zulte Waregem where he won the Jupiler League's Player of the Year award last term.
Just six months into a season-long spell at Monchengladbach, Eberl has suggested that the club are keen to agree a permanent deal for the 21-year-old. Speaking on Friday, where Borussia's Under-21 side were playing Chelsea, he confirmed that he and Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo had already spoken about a potential deal.
"Thorgan is a great guy, a great person and is playing very well in the first team"
Quoted in the Evening Standard, Eberl said: "Thorgan is a great guy, a great person and is playing very well in the first team.
"It was great (to talk with Emenalo). I like Michael and we have a good relationship because of Thorgan and his loan at Borussia. We had a good meeting."
Hazard has yet to play for Chelsea after joining them in a £2.5 million deal from Lens in the summer of 2012. He followed shortly after his brother Eden, who arrived from Lille in a £32 million deal.
While Eden, 23, has gone on to become one of the most influential players in the Premier League Thorgan has not done sufficiently well to convince Jose Mourinho to keep him at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho is keen to keep Hazard on the books and it is claimed in the same report that Chelsea are keen to agree another loan move rather than a permanent deal. However, a good deal for the Blues will convince them to part ways.
Hazard has started to build a reputation for himself with a number of Chelsea fans calling for him to be retained by the club for the current campaign. A move from Belgium to one of Europe's top five leagues hinted at significant progress but he is now at the same age his elder brother was when he was bought by Chelsea for £32 million.