Chelsea loanee Thorgan Hazard is hoping that his performances in the Bundesliga will see him join his brother Eden at Stamford Bridge next season.
Hazard, 21, joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012 from Lens, soon after the signing of his brother from Lille, with the Belgian midfielder then spending the next two seasons on loan at Zulte Waregem in the Juliper Pro League.
The one-time capped international was sent out for a third-consecutive campaign this summer, joining Borussia Monchengladbach, where he has since recorded three goals and four assists in 16 total appearances, helping the German outfit on a club-record 18-match unbeaten run.
His attacking talents earning him widespread praise in the process, Hazard believes his stint at Borussia Park has been a huge benefit so far, and hopes he will now be more prepared to fight for a first-team place once he returns to west London.
“I joined Chelsea from the French second division when I was 18, so I was well aware that I wouldn’t play there initially,” he told Bundesliga.com.
“Chelsea’s policy is to sign up talented young players and then loan them out so that they can mature. They did exactly the same with Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, and Thibaut Courtois so I wasn’t expecting anything different.
“The physical intensity of the Bundesliga is very different to Belgium and at the start it was a big change for me,” he continued.
“Here the demands put on you in matches and in training are higher than in the Jupiler League. In the Bundesliga every player is constantly on the move for 90 minutes, getting forwards but also defending.
“But I think I’ve got used to it now. I’ve also been very impressed with the fantastic stadiums in Germany. Almost every game seems to be sold out here.”
With Chelsea’s star-studded squad, Hazard will no doubt find it difficult to break into Jose Mourinho’s plans upon his return but, having been labelled the more talented brother by Eden himself in the past, he certainly has the talent to make an impact in the Premier League.