Ending his Chelsea career after two-and-a-half years, and with just one Under-21 appearance to his name, the Belgium international admitted to the Gladbach website that he had to leave the Blues as it was still too early for him to break through at Stamford Bridge.
Despite all of Hazard’s promise, he was far from breaking into the Chelsea ranks with the wealth of attacking talent that exists ahead of him. Despite a promising two-year loan spell with Zulte Waregem in his homeland, the youngster still is not a regular with Gladbach, and the Blues have done incredibly well to secure a reported €8 million for him, as per the Independent. This fee represents a huge mark-up on the original €500,000 Chelsea paid for his talents in 2012, especially with Hazard’s contract expiring this summer.
The transfer was just another working in the West London club’s incredible use of the loan system to ensure they comply with FFP, and there is no doubt that Hazard will not be the last person to leave Stamford Bridge without actually making a professional appearance for the Blues.
For the young Belgian winger, he seems well aware that he was far from ever actually making his way into Jose Mourinho’s team selections, and he has told the official Gladbach website that he had to leave Chelsea to ensure he keeps developing.
He said: “I have signed here for four years with the option of a further year, because I think Borussia are the right club for me to continue developing at.
“It’s too early for me to play for Chelsea still. Borussia are the club that suits me the best at the moment.”
It has been confirmed by Chelsea that a buy-back clause is present in the deal, and it would be unwise to write off Hazard returning to Stamford Bridge in the future, especially if he starts to develop at a rapid rate.