The Hazard brothers have been wrecking havoc in recent times, both for the club and country. While elder brother Eden is enjoying his time at Chelsea, his younger sibling Thorgan has been a brilliant addition to Borussia Monchengladbach side, since joining the German club from Chelsea.
And now, the youngster has talked about his former club and the fact that he always knew that he would have to bid adieu to the Premier League side.
The duo joined Chelsea in 2012 – Eden from Lille and Thorgan from Lens. However, the younger one was sent on loan to Zulte Waregem right away, for a stint of two years and then Gladbach signed him on loan in 2014, before offering a permanent deal the next year.
While talking to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, Thorgan addressed this transfer and said, “I knew I would not stay at Chelsea when I signed for them. It was a great opportunity to join such a big club, but I knew I needed regular playing time to show what I could do.”
Incidentally, many people were under the impression that the Blues decided to sign him only to lure his brother, who has been a star ever since. However, Thorgan begged to differ. He said, “Of course, it helped that Chelsea also signed Eden, but it is not like they just sign every player’s brother. [Frank] Lampard and [John] Terry’s brothers never played for Chelsea.
“They signed me because I showed potential. They had to pay Lens a transfer fee to get me. And they were right. I might not be following the same path as Eden, but I am improving step by step,” a confident youngster commented.
While the Belgian star did not slam Chelsea for letting him go, he was vocal about the club’s policies in signing young talents only to send them off after a couple of years.
“Chelsea like to buy young players and then slowly get them ready. All the young players like Kevin De Bruyne, Charly Musonda and Romelu Lukaku were shipped out on loan. You need regular playing time at that age,” Thorgan said. He also thinks that Chelsea now regret their decisions “not to give De Bruyne and Lukaku more chances.”
Both Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne have been in astonishing forms for their respective clubs, Everton and Manchester City. Similar to Thorgan, they were also in Chelsea ranks at an early age but the Blues behaved similarly with them. Incidentally, all these players have shared the dressing room in national colours, most recently in the World Cup qualifying game against Estonia where Belgium thrashed the minnows 8-1. The goals were scored by Meunier, Mertens (2), Carrasco, Lukaku (2) and Eden Hazard, along with an own goal from Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan. The younger brother was on the bench and did not have a chance to feature in the one-sided affair.
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