Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has revealed to the club’s official website that he is confident of agreeing a deal to sign Chelsea loanee Thorgan Hazard on a permanent basis.
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.
Shipped out on another season-long loan to Monchengladbach in the summer, the creative midfielder has since made 26 total appearances for the Bundeslia club, while recording four goals and seven assists to earn widespread praise.
Still to make his Chelsea debut, Bild have reported in recent weeks that Monchengladbach are attempting make their on-loan star’s spell permanent for an €8 million fee, with Eberl declaring that the signs at this point are positive.
“We are still in discussions with Chelsea," he said. "The fact of the matter is that Thorgan would like to stay here, Chelsea can see a transfer happening and we want to sign him.
"All three are very positive signs, so we will try to come to an agreement and hopefully get a contract agreed."
Aged 21, Blues boss Jose Mourinho remains a big proponent of Hazard’s potential, and has even travelled to watch him in action on several occasions this season.
Nevertheless, with the one-time capped Belgian facing a tough time in breaking into the star-studded squad at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho has hinted that a sale could be the best option for all parties involved.
“We like him very, very much but there is here one player ahead of him who is not bad called Hazard. Eden,” he told West London Sport last month.
“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.”
It remains to be seen what the future will hold for Hazard over the coming months then but, regardless of where he ends up, it looks like the Blues prospect is set for a bright career in the game.