Eden Hazard’s younger brother Thorgan has been putting in some impressive displays for Beglian club Zulte Waregem, broken into the Belgium squad and believes it won’t be too long before he’s at the level required to play for Chelsea.
But the 20-year-old has a long-term vision in mind and admits that he will probably have to spend another couple of season’s out on loan before he can realise his Chelsea dream and play alongside his elder brother.
Hazard told Sport Voetbal Magazine:
“After one-and-a-half years at Zulte Waregem I feel I’m getting closer to the level of Chelsea’s first team, but I’m not there yet.
“I don’t think Chelsea will be the next step in my career. If you see the difficult times Kevin De Bruyne, a Belgian international, is having at Chelsea, if you see how many other stars they have on loan all over Europe.
“There’s are not many players anymore who dream to be a first team regular at Chelsea at the age of 20. I don’t think I’ll play for a third season in a row at Zulte Waregem, because I already said last season would be my last. I hope my next step will be one abroad, on loan.”
“When I joined Chelsea in 2012, I knew I wouldn’t be a first team regular. I chose Chelsea because I hope to play in the same team as my brother Eden one day. It’s my dream to play together.
“We don’t talk about our career whole the time – he doesn’t give me good advice all the time. When we call each other we talk about other things, about family life.
“Then he tells me how his wife is doing, his two sons.
“Only when one of us has scored a beautiful goal, we chat about it. But he will never tell me: do this or do that.”
The Belgian enjoyed a good first season at Zulte Waregem and quickly became an integral part of the team by scoring four goals and making 10 assists over 37 appearances. He has taken things up a gear this season scoring 11 whilst he has a dozen assists already.
It’s likely that his next step will be at a bigger European club – hopefully competing in a European competition – but it is still far too early to tell where that may be at this stage.