On Monday night, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard was back in Lille for a concert to benefit orphans on behalf of Les Orphelins de Makala association. He spoke to the official LOSC website and opened the door to a possible return to his former club.
Chelsea fans need not worry though, it doesn’t look like it is going to happen any time soon.
"For now, I am at Chelsea. I want to stay as long as possible to win the most trophies possible," Hazard said.
"After that, we'll see. In football, you never know. If I were to return to France, as I have always said, it will be in Lille. We'll see. Maybe one day I will come back."
The 24-year-old was back in Lille helping the charity night organised by former teammate and current Lille captain Rio Mavuba, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be helping him on the pitch any time soon.
The Belgian international is under contract till 2020, even if he runs that down, he will still be under 30. Lille fans shouldn't expect the prodigal son to return until around he is in the twilight of his career.
However, as Hazard said, you never know in football. At Lille, the forward played 166 times for the club in all domestic competitions, scoring 45 times and helped the club win the league and cup double in 2010-11.
He will always be remembered as one of the club's greatest players and is always fondly welcomed back at the club and in the city. One day, the Lille fans hope their favourite son will wear the LOSC shirt once again.