Thorgan Hazard admits he felt compelled to leave Chelsea in order to avoid being known only as Eden’s younger brother.
The Belgian playmaker arrived at Stamford Bridge shortly after his older sibling, but joined Zulte Waregem on loan a month later. He failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Blues, before leaving Stamford Bridge for Borussia Mönchengladbach on a permanent deal back in February.
The younger Hazard has managed to showcase his talent in both Belgium and Germany, and believes the decision to make a name for himself away from the same club as his brother was ultimately a good decision.
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“I thought it would be hard at Chelsea, being Eden’s brother,” the 22-year-old was quoted as telling The Times by the Daily Mail. “It is for this that I stayed only for one month there and then left on loan. I want to go my own way.
“Before going to Belgium, I was just the brother of Eden. In Belgium I showed what I can do myself.
“Afterwards they did not say they did not say that I was Eden’s brother.”
Thorgan Hazard was right to leave Chelsea
Hazard was superb in his final season with Zulte Waregem, scoring 17 goals and providing 20 assists in 53 appearances.
But despite his eye-catching performances, Hazard had still not done enough to convince Jose Mourinho, it seemed.
The attacking midfielder then proved his class in the Bundesliga with Gladbach, before joining the German club on a permanent deal earlier this year.
Earlier this month, Hazard warned Chelsea that they could regret selling him. However, the Blues have a buy-back option on the player if they wish to bring him back to west London.
In truth, there was probably only enough room for one Hazard at Chelsea - and it was best for the younger brother to make a career for himself away from the Bridge.
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