Chelsea have confirmed the departure of Belgian playmaker Thorgan Hazard, who has completed a permanent move to Borussia Monchengladbach following a loan spell with the Bundesliga outfit.
The 21-year-old, who failed to make a single senior appearance for the Blues, will continue to be monitored by Chelsea, who announced on their official website on Monday that they have a future buy-back option on the player.
Hazard joined Chelsea shortly after his older brother Eden arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2012, but failed to make the same impact as his superstar sibling.
Hazard impressed at Zulte Waregem
The attacking midfielder, who made his debut for the Belgium national team in 2013, spent two years on loan with Zulte Waregem, where he finished as a league runner-up.
In his second season with the Belgian Pro League club, Hazard scored an eye-catching 17 goals and provided 20 assists - but his excellent form was still not enough to earn him a place in Chelsea's first team this term.
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In 26 appearances for Monchengladbach this season, Hazard has scored four goals and set up eight more for his teammates - form which has earned him a five-year contract with his new employers.
Chelsea, aware of the player's talent and potential but unable to offer him first-team assurances, have agreed to allow Hazard to depart Stamford Bridge. However, the buy-back option suggests they could bring him back to west London in the future, depending on his form and development over the forthcoming years.
Chelsea have been more guilty than most Premier League clubs of stockpiling talent over recent years.
The Blues currently have 25 players out on loan, including several established internationals including Mohamed Salah, Victor Moses and Christian Atsu.
That these players can't force their way into Chelsea's first-team leaves little hope for the younger stars who are currently learning their trade at various clubs in England and across Europe.
And more demoralising is the fact Chelsea are continually looking to strengthen their squad in the transfer market. Colombian international Juan Cuadrado, for example, arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £26.8 million deal from Fiorentina last month.
Hazard gives himself chance of fulfilling potential
Hazard has clearly agreed to complete a permanent transfer to Monchengladbach, who currently sit third in the Bundesliga table and are on course to qualify for next season's Champions League campaign, knowing that his chances of ousting Cuadrado, Oscar or his own brother are extremely slim.
But he has given himself every chance of fulfilling his potential by signing a permanent deal at Borussia-Park, where he will continue to play regular first-team football.
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