Chelsea manger Jose Mourinho has told West London Sport that he is considering Thorgan Hazard’s future at the club, as the Belgian midfielder continues to impress during his season-long loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Hazard, the brother of Blues star Eden, joined Chelsea from Lens in 2012 soon after his sibling, before spending the following two campaigns on loan at Belgian Pro League side Zulte Waregem.
Still to make an appearance for his parent club after being shipped out again in the summer, the creative prospect has earned encouraging reviews during his time at Monchengladbach, notching four goals and seven assists in 24 total games, and Bild has since reported that the Bundesliga outfit will attempt to make his stint permanent for an €8 million fee.
Hazard himself discussed the subject in an interview with HLN this week, telling the Belgian newspaper: “There are negotiations, but I do not know where they get that sum of €8 million.
“I feel good here. Staying here would give me stability that I seek above all. I wouldn’t fancy moving to another team - maybe another country.”
Aged 21, Mourinho believes Hazard has the potential to make the grade at Stamford Bridge in due time, and has even travelled to watch him in action on several occasions this season.
Nevertheless, with the one-time capped international facing a tough task to break into the club’s star-studded first-team, the Portuguese tactician has also hinted that a sale is possible.
“We like him very, very much but there is here one player ahead of him who is not bad called Hazard. Eden,” he said.
“They [Eden and Thorgan] can be in the same squad and even play in the same team, one in one side and one in the other. We have Eden, Schurrle, Oscar and Willian, we have a lot, so it is better for him to play.
“What is going to be his future? Is he staying? Is he coming back? Does Borussia want to buy? Do we want to sell to make money for financial co-operations? This is something we have to see step by step.
“If we don’t need [to sell] I don’t want to. He is one of the players we have on loan that has the potential to play for Chelsea one day.”
With Chelsea’s embarrassment of riches, it would be no surprise to see Hazard leave the club on a permanent basis in the near future but, given the fact that some have even labelled him more talented than his superstar brother in the past, perhaps it would be wiser to hold on to him for the moment.