Chelsea competition is too fierce - Hazard

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Thorgan Hazard does not expect to be playing at Chelsea next season.

The 20-year-old, who arrived at Stamford Bridge at the same time as older brother Eden, is realistic about his chances of breaking into the Blues' first-team - and believes he may benefit from a third season out on loan.

Hazard has been with Belgian side Zulte Waregem since 2012 and has established his reputation as one of the best players in the country, having scored 14 goals and contributed 22 assists during his spell in the Jupiler Pro League.

But despite his impressive form, Hazard knows it will be tough to become a first-team regular at Chelsea next season.

"Of course you never know, because last year I also said that it was my last year," Hazard told Nieusblad. "But I still hope for a logical next step...abroad.

"When I look now how hard it is at Chelsea, I realise only too well that there will be an intermediate stage between Zulte Waregem and Chelsea. They buy each year and a lot of players are loaned each year across Europe."

Indeed, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has even struggled to fit the Blues' current Player of the Year into his starting eleven this season.

Spain international Juan Mata has found himself on the substitutes' bench on numerous occasions since Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer - which indicates that Thorgan Hazard may well be better off at another club next term.

(All quotes translated by Sport Witness)

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