Gladbach director gives update on talks with Chelsea over Thorgan Hazard signing

Max Eberl seems confident that a deal can be agreed with Chelsea for the signing of Thorgan Hazard.

Hazard is currently on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach, and sporting director Max Eberl has told SportBild - quoted by SportWitness - that he is confident of finding a positive solution for the youngster’s future.

The 21-year-old’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer of 2016, and there are still no indications as to whether he has a future in West London. Although he has been quoted by HLN as outlining his desire to turn out alongside Eden with the Blues, the wealth of attacking talent on show in Jose Mourinho’s side could make breaking into the first-team a real challenge.

However, he is doing his best on his current loan spell to show the Portuguese boss that he is worthy of a place in the starting XI of the current Premier League leaders. With Gladbach this season, the once-capped Belgian international has registered one goal and four assists in 15 Bundesliga games, with a further three goals and three assists in nine games across both the Europa League and DFB-Pokal.

Despite starting the season outside the first-team fold, Hazard has done well to make himself a vital part of the side, and Mourinho himself has been quoted by the Telegraph as saying the Bundesliga is the best place for the youngster to be playing to develop.

Talks have been on-going between the two clubs concerning a deal to keep Hazard in Germany - either on a loan next season, or on a permanent deal - and sporting director Max Eberl has given an update on the talks, claiming to SportBild, and quoted by SportWitness, that he is confident talks are progressing well.

He said: “The conversations are ongoing, and we're confident that we can find a positive solution.”

Although Gladbach might be interested in signing Hazard permanently, it is unlikely the Blues would sanction such a deal at this early stage in his development. A loan deal is more likely, but the West Londoners should be wary of losing their talent on a free transfer if they do send him out temporarily again, with his contract expiring at the close of the next league campaign.

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