Eden Hazard Not Thinking About January Transfer from Chelsea, Says BrotherNovember 5, 2018
Eden Hazard made the right call by staying at Chelsea beyond the summer, according to his younger brother and former Blues hopeful Thorgan, who added that his sibling is "not thinking about a move right now."
Speculation regarding Hazard's future and a potential move to Real Madrid was rampant in the summer, but the Belgian is back enjoying top form under Maurizio Sarri, with eight goals in 12 games. Speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws (h/t Evening Standard's Joe Krishnan), Borussia Monchengladbach star Thorgan said:
"Eden made the right decision to stay at Chelsea. Chelsea weren't keen on selling him, and he had a strong start of the season.
"Real Madrid are in a complex period. They sacked their manager, key players left. They have to rebuild.
"I think Eden will see what happens at the end of the season. I know him. He's not thinking about a move right now.
"He will give everything for Chelsea. He doesn't want a clash with his club either. If he ever leaves, he will play it correctly."
Thorgan, 25, was on Chelsea's books for three years but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Blues. He spent a two-season loan at Jupiler Pro League outfit Zulte Waregem before a temporary spell with 'Gladbach, and he signed for them on permanent terms in the summer of 2015.
Eden, 27, is still recovering from injury and came off the bench to assist an Alvaro Morata goal in Sunday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, on what proved to be a fruitful day for the Hazard family:
After a poor second season under Antonio Conte, Chelsea look revitalised with Maurizio Sarri at the helm, and his appointment has arguably benefited Hazard more than any other in the Blues squad.
It suits the winger to embrace a more attacking and free-flowing setup, one where he's permitted to drive into space, rather than be hampered by other responsibilities.
His impact off the bench and Hazard's general potency this season is evidence of his renewed threat, not to mention the fact Chelsea are only two points off Premier League leaders Manchester City and are in title contention.
OptaJoe evidenced just how effective the oldest Hazard star has been, even off the bench this term:
Hazard is right to point out Real's struggles this season as further reason for why his brother was justified in his decision also. Cristiano Ronaldo's departure for Juventus has evidently had a big impact in their demise, while Santiago Solari is interim coach after replacing the fired Julen Lopetegui.
While the younger of the siblings has backed his brother for sticking in west London, the Germany-based winger has also enjoyed great form in the Bundesliga and has seven goals in his last seven appearances.
There was even more scoring fortune for the Hazard brood this weekend, too, as Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur noted a goal scored by a third brother, 23-year-old Kylian, who's on loan at Cercle Brugge from Chelsea:
Kristof Terreur 📰 @HLNinEngeland
Family goals. Pretty unique. Three brothers involved in a goal in the same weekend in a top 10 league: 🇧🇪 Kylian Hazard (Cercle Brugge)⚽️ 🇩🇪 Thorgan Hazard (BMG)⚽️⚽️ 🏴 Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 🅰️ Eden and Thorgan are both joint top scorer in their league. #cfc @hlnsport https://t.co/g5JIzZaFIf
Speculation linking Hazard with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu often stipulated the winger would replace Ronaldo, but Sarri's Chelsea look an appetising prospect on their own this term.
The Belgium star has a contract at Chelsea until 2020 and said as recently as October that he still thinks about playing for Real, per TalkSport, but it doesn't look as though a transfer will materialise in January.