Thorgan Hazard will be in action for Zulte-Waregem in the Europa League this week, but he is alredady planning his next step.
The talented Belgian, and younger brother of Eden, is in his second year at the club, and still has the aim to play for Chelsea.
But perhaps not season. In fact it appears to be an option he is already discounting.
Speaking to Sport Foot magazine, he said: "Of course you never know, because last year I also said that it was my last year (at Zulte). But I still hope for a logical next step ... abroad.
"When I look now how hard he (De Bruyne) has it at Chelsea, I realise only too well that there is an intermediate stage will be between Zulte Waregem and Chelsea. They buy each year a selection of stars and a lot of players are loaned each year across Europe. There are few players who still dream to immediately be at Chelsea."
Hazard's approach appears sensible, bearing in mind the competition at Chelsea, and the fact he is still early into his football education.
When he was signed by Chelsea he was a very raw prospect, in comparison to his elder brother, and he is simply enjoying playing regularly at a competitive level at present.
Next year could see a switch to Germany, or even a Premier League club who are newly promoted where he can play regularly. Even a move to join the many Chelsea cohorts at Vitesse in Holland could be an option.
Hazard is still just 20, and is clearly in no rush. Selecting the next club for his development will be crucial.
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