Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed plans to extend Thorgan Hazard's loan deal beyond the 2014/15 campaign, providing Chelsea allow the attacking midfielder to leave west London again next season.
The Bundesliga chief is hopeful of reaching agreement with Jose Mourinho based on the wealth of options he already has available in his first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho has high hopes for the 21-year-old younger brother of Eden Hazard, but is well aware that the Belgian's development is best served with the opportunity for regular football.
After impressing over the past two seasons back in his homeland with Zulte Waregem, Hazard Jnr was sent to Germany to embrace a new challenge at Borussia-Park.
So far the talented youngster has passed with flying colours, playing an important role in Lucien Favre's side, so much so that the club are already looking to secure his services more long-term.
"He is a boy with great potential," confirmed Eberl. "We are 100 per cent sure of him. Already he has made great progress.
"We need good players for our future. A loan, if only for a year, is a legitimate way to sign a player that you do not get otherwise."
"We want to sign Thorgan for Gladbach [for more than a year]."
Hazard has made 12 appearances in all competitions for Monchengladbach this season, and although he's not been a consistent starter he has impressed spectators with a series of exciting performances.
He might not be at quite the same level as his older sibling was at the same age, but Chelsea still believe he possesses the potential to make a senior breakthrough in England in the future.
However, before he is eventually unleashed in the Premier League, Hazard might well be presented with a more time to learn his trade in the Bundesliga, particularly if Eberl gets his way.
"We want to sign Thorgan for Gladbach [for more than a year]," he confirmed.
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