Belgian wonderkid Thorgan Hazard is set to leave the club on loan next season - although not to Belgium.
The younger Hazard brother, 21, is also an attacking midfielder, and much like Eden Hazard, he has been the centre of an ongoing discussion concerning his future. A two season loan with Zulte-Waregem has seen Hazard's reputation rapidly increase, winning his first senior cap in May 2013, before being named the best footballer in the Belgian Pro League, and then the Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year.
Despite rumoured interest from Liverpool, Everton and Valencia, with all three keen on a permanent deal for the forward, Hazard's father Thierry told Sudpresse that Blues boss Jose Mourinho has a specific plan for the youngster.
He said: "I've had a meeting with Jose Mourinho on Thorgan's future. He wants to loan him again, but to a higher-rated league."
"Thorgan has to get guarantees on playing time, because it's important he keeps on making progress. The German league attracts him. The best case is that he starts pre-season with his new team."
It represents a strong show of faith from Mourinho, knowing that he wants the youngster to receive top-level experience, a key factor in any potential rise to the Chelsea first-team and the Premier League.
The player is rumoured to be keen on a short-term deal to the German Bundesliga, with Champions League football a likely possibility, and, considering it would follow the path Mourinho has forged for him, both parties must be delighted with the immediate future of the youngster.
Former Chelsea starlet Kevin De Bruyne rose to prominence with a similar loan move, spending the 2012/13 season with Werder Bremen. Although the 22-year old winger impressed, scoring 10 times in 33 games, he struggled on his return to the Blues, being frozen out of the squad by Mourinho. However, his reputation remained unsullied, and he transferred to Wolfsburg for a fee of £18 million, an event which aided both club and player.
Unfortunately for Hazard, he missed out on a place in the Belgium 23-man World Cup squad, with Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj receiving a call-up instead. Hazard is a potential back-up option, although having the summer off could be the perfect time for him to start planning for what should be an impressive season next year.