Of the many Chelsea players currently out on loan across the continent one who has impressed significantly is the little brother of Eden Hazard. Thorgan Hazard, who was dubbed the better of the siblings by Chelsea’s £32 million man, has now been out on loan at Zulte Waregem in his Belgian homeland for the past 18 months - and has taken them to unheard of heights.
Last term they almost won the Belgian League title for the first time in their relatively short history and he has continued that fine individual form into the new season.
Such form saw him earn a Belgium call-up last season - and as with many professional footballers he is now dreaming of a place at the World Cup next summer.
But January has so far been a negative month for the 20-year-old - as a transfer saga rumbles on surrounding the playmaker.
His talents at Zulte have obviously not gone unnoticed - and Anderlecht have reportedly approached the players agent about the possibility of taking him on loan until the end of the season.
His agent John Bico has made it clear that he wants to send Thorgan to Anderlecht - as he feels playing in Brussels will better his World Cup chances and help him develop as a player.
This week Hazard has been training with Zulte at a winter break camp in Marbella, Spain - where his boss Franck Dury had harsh words for Bico and Anderlecht - who he felt went behind his and Hazard’s back to conclude a non-starting deal:
"There are three parties involved in this case... Thorgan, Zulte and Chelsea. None of them wishes [his] departure. Thorgan has developed remarkably with us and is satisfied. As for us, we have a contract with Chelsea, who do not give the impression of wanting to break. I was still in contact with the London club this week, and it was confirmed that they saw no value in the transfer of Thorgan to another Belgian club. And I agree with Chelsea...Anderlecht nor Bico have bothered to call us. The gap with Anderlecht is only two points in the league and we are still competing in the Belgian Cup, unlike them. Tell me why Thorgan would benefit from being there ..."
Today it seems the rumour has been put to bed in Belgium - as many sources ran with the news that his loan deal at Waregem could only be broken if he was not a regular at the club - which he clearly is.
For Hazard however, the whole sticky mess has not really affected him. When he was quizzed he gave the answer every manager wants to hear...
"This is something for my entourage. Me, I just want to play football."
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