Competition for places is too rife in Jose Mourinho's senior selection at Stamford Bridge…
While attack-minded midfield talent Thorgan Hazard has been lighting up the Jupiler Pro League in Belgium this season - the 20-year-old has returned nine goals and nine assists in 1,414 minutes of domestic football (responsible for a goal scored every 78 minutes) - he has conceded that the next stage of his career will not be spent at Chelsea, his parent club, nor Zulte Waregem, where he is playing on loan… but a foreign club - why?
The gifted youngster has witnessed the 'difficulties' endured by his compatriot Kevin de Bruyne in his own attempted at breaking into the senior squad at Stamford Bridge and believes that, because the club 'have many other stars on loan all over Europe' it has resulted in youngsters becoming realistic over their chances of regular first team football in West London.
He told Sport Voetbal Magazine. 'I don't think Chelsea will be the next step in my career. If you see the difficult times Kevin De Bruyne, a Belgian international, is having at Chelsea, if you see how many other stars they have on loan all over Europe.
'There's are not many players anymore who dream to be a first team regular at Chelsea at the age of 20. I don't think I'll play for a third season in a row at Zulte Waregem, because I already said last season would be my last. I hope my next step will be one abroad, on loan.'
image: © Ben Sutherland