Chelsea F.C. midfielder Thorgan Hazard is content with his decision to join Borussia Monchengladbach on loan for the 2014/15 campaign.
The Belgium international, 21, has spent the past two seasons on loan at Jupiler Pro League side Zulte Waregem, impressing to the tune of 14 goals in 39 league appearances last term.
Hazard, the younger brother of Belgian star Eden, will — much to his delight — be playing UEFA Europa League football with Glabach next season.
“I didn’t talk personally to Jose Mourinho this summer, but I was honoured that he came to Zulte Waragem to watch me,” Hazard said.
“My dad, who is my new agent, talked to Mourinho. He repeated what he said to me last year, that I have to play for a good team.
“Then we started talking to other teams. Which ones? I wanted to go abroad.
“There was interest from Spain and Germany, but I had the best feeling with Gladbach. They play attacking football, with lots of movement, and they will be in the Europa League.
“Did you see how Germany became world champions? That was a machine. I have to become a machine in Germany before I can move to the Premier League.
“I don’t have the same character as my brother but I will try to achieve his level.
“He didn’t help me in choosing a new team. It’s still our dream to play together at Chelsea, but I don’t know if that will ever happen.
“That Gladbach have taken me without an option to buy proves that they believe in me. If they want to loan me for an extra season, I’ll take that.”
Hazard was always a long-shot to make the Blues’ first-team next term, with the likes of André Schürrle, Cesc Fàbregas, Mohamed Salah, Oscar and Willian ahead of him in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
You could probably even add Ghana ace Christian Atsu to that list, while Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion target Victor Moses is likely to seek pastures new during the current transfer window.
Unfortunately, due to Chelsea’s transfer policy, Hazard will likely never become a first-team regular for the West Londoners.
Al-Arabi submit £5 million bid for Ashkan Dejagah
Qatari side Al-Arabi have reportedly offered Fulham F.C. £5 million for Team Melli World Cup star Ashkan Dejagah, per The Tehran Times.
The future of the Iran international remains up in the air following the Cottagers’ relegation from the English Premier League but Al-Arabi are hoping to secure the services of Fulham’s Supporters’ Player of the Season in 2013/14 with a lucrative offer.
“I don’t know what will happen next season,” the former Wolfsburg midfielder said. “I still have a contract at Fulham and I have liked it there, but it is a hard situation.
“Of course I want to play in the Premier League, but I will focus here and then we will see what happens.”
Dejagah tallied seven goals and two assists in 27 competitive appearances, including 16 starts, for Fulham last season.