The former Lens attacking midfielder signed for the Blues in 2012, making one appearance for the Under-21 side in August of that year before joining Zulte Waregem on loan. He spent two seasons in his homeland, winning individual honours for a series of top quality performances, and earning a call up to the senior Belgium national team.
He returned to West London in the summer of 2014, before leaving almost immediately to join Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until the end of this season. He has so far made 29 appearances for the Bundesliga club in all competitions this term, although he is by no means a regular starter, with 17 of those outings coming as a substitute.
However, his form has clearly done enough to impress Gladbach chiefs, and they made no hesitation in completing the permanent signing of the 21-year-old, who will stay with the club until the 2020 season, as their website confirms.
Having never made a senior appearance for the Blues, Hazard’s sale is another example of the club financially benefitting from the loan system, as they have made a large profit of the youngster. The chances of breaking into the Blues first-team were minimal with the wealth of attacking talent on show at Stamford Bridge, and the club are looking towards financial security and FFP compliance with the sale.
However, Chelsea haven’t ruled out Hazard returning to the club in the future, and the report on the Chelsea website confirms that a buy-back clause is in his contract, and that the club will continue to monitor his development in the coming years. If he starts improving at a rapid rate, Chelsea are ensured a fair price for the attacking midfielder, and another Nemanja Matic-like return could be on the cards at Stamford Bridge.