Thorgan Hazard: Chelsea’s latest signing
Thorgan Hazard is set to follow in his, more celebrated; older brother’s footsteps by joining Chelsea this summer, after his current side Lens accepted the Blues offer for the young attacking midfielder.
After Di Matteo’s interest had been discovered, there became no chance of Hazard staying with the Ligue 1 side. Losing the 19 year old became inevitable for the coaching staff at Lens.
Having only played 14 senior matches, Thorgan could prove a risky signing for Chelsea’s Italian manager. However, if he’s anything like his brother, he’ll be one hell of a signing.
Hazard is the son of former Belgian football players Carine and Thierry Hazard. Like his older brother, he began his football career in Belgium playing for local club Royal Stade Brainois.
In 2003, he followed his brother to Tubize. At the age of 14, Hazard joined French side RC Lens after he was discovered by the club while playing in a local tournament. Similar to his brother’s move to Lille, his parents accepted the offer with hopes that the training facilities in France would be better, they weren’t wrong.
While in the club’s youth academy, Hazard played re the Lens under-16 team, alongside teammates Geoffrey Kondogbia and Raphaël Varane, that won the 2008–09 Championnat National des 16 ans.
On 7 April 2010, Hazard signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal until June 2013. Ahead of the 2010–11 season, Hazard trained with the senior team. On his debut, he scored a goal in a 1–1 friendly draw with Belgian club KSV Roeselare.
Hazard, however, began the season with the club’s Championnat de France amateur team in the fourth division. He made his amateur debut on 8 August 2010 appearing as a substitute in a 2–0 victory over Drancy.
After spending most of the season playing concurrently with the reserve team in the CFA and with the under-19 team in the Coupe Gambardella, in May 2011, Hazard was named to the senior team for the first time for a league match against Bordeaux. The player ultimately did not feature in the match and finished the 2010–11 campaign with no senior team appearances.
Ahead of the 2011–12 season, Hazard was promoted to the senior team permanently and assigned the number 22 shirt. He made his professional debut in the team’s opening league match of the season against Reims appearing as a second half substitute in a 2–0 defeat.
Since then he made 14 first team appearances, before securing a transfer to current Champions League holders, Chelsea.
The club revealed Hazard could be immediately loaned to another side in order to gain further first team experience. But until then, the midfielder will join the under 21 squad to continue his pre-season training.
It’ll be interesting to see how Hazard gets on at Stamford Bridge, especially considering he’ll always be playing in his older brother’s shadow. Regardless, he’s definitely a player for the future and it’s great to see Di Matteo preparing the club for the long term.
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