“I knew I would not stay at Chelsea when I signed for them”, said Thorgan Hazard to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.
The Belgian midfielder, now of Borussia Monchengladbach, signed for Chelsea in 2012, alongside brother Eden.
Whilst Eden has developed into one of the world’s greatest players, Thorgan was initially farmed off on loan, and despite impressing on loan with Zulte Waregem, the younger Hazard never made a single appearance for the Blues.
He made a loan switch to Gladbach in 2014, and made the deal permanent the following year. Chelsea – apparently – never exercised the option of a buy-back clause. Did the Blues make a serious mistake with Thorgan Hazard?
Chelsea are in action next weekend away at Middlesbrough, with Eden again likely to take centre stage.
Thorgan, meanwhile, looks set to continue his own meteoric rise as one of the Bundesliga’s finest young talents.
A fair shot
“It was a great opportunity to join such a big club”, continued Hazard, “but I knew I needed regular playing time to show what I could do.
“Chelsea like to buy young players and then slowly get them ready. All the young players like Kevin de Bruyne, Charly Musonda and Romelu Lukaku were shipped out on loan. You need regular playing time at that age”.
Whether this is a sly dig or not, this sadly rings too true for Chelsea supporters, who have since seen Lukaku and de Bruyne become world-class talents since leaving a club where they weren’t even given a fair shot.
“I might not be following the same path as Eden, but I am improving step by step”, the young Belgian concluded.
And, fair to say, not only will Chelsea fans be ruing the loss of de Bruyne to Manchester City and Lukaku to Everton, but the sudden emergence of Thorgan Hazard means yet another young Belgian can be added to the list of those who got away.
Will we ever see Thorgan join brother Eden in Chelsea blue?