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Hazard ready for Mönchengladbach move

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By Joe Haining

Friday 04 July 2014

Chelsea winger Thorgan Hazard is poised to join Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach, according to talkSPORT.

Thorgan Hazard

The German side’s sporting director Max Eberl confirmed the deal, saying: "We have exchanged contracts with Chelsea and we have agreed with Thorgan, we have all agreed and now just need to sign the contracts."

The 21-year-old joined Chelsea in 2012 at the same time as his older brother Eden, but failed to have the same impact at Stamford Bridge as his more illustrious sibling.

Hazard was immediately loaned out to Zulte Waregem in his native Belgium to gain more first experience, and eventually played two full seasons for the Jupiler Pro League side, who he helped to a fourth place finish in the Championship play-offs, and Europa League qualification.

His second year in Belgium was particularly successful on a personal level as he scored 17 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions, and was eventually named Belgian Player of the Year. In 2013 he also received his first senior cap for the Belgian national team, making a substitute appearance in a friendly against the USA.

Hazard’s form last season triggered interest from Spain, with both Malaga and Valencia said to be monitoring his progress and hoping to engineer a loan move. However, it is Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach who have made the decisive move as they seek to bolster their attacking options.

"We were always going to make an attacking signing, no matter what the situation is with Luuk de Jong and Peniel Mlapa, and this will be Thorgan Hazard,” said sporting director Eberl.

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