Thorgan Hazard Signs for Borussia Dortmund on 5-Year Contract

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 22, 2019

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - MAY 18: Thorgan Hazard of Borussia Moenchengladbach controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund at Borussia-Park on May 18, 2019 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard on a five-year contract. 

Hazard, 26, joined Die Fohlen from Chelsea in 2015 but will hope to improve his Bundesliga title aspirations at Dortmund. The club announced the forward's arrival on Wednesday:

Borussia Dortmund @BlackYellow

Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Thorgan Hazard from @borussia_en on a 5-year contract! https://t.co/yx3YR8Eb4M

The younger brother of Chelsea superstar Eden, Hazard is capable of playing off either left or right flank, and he impressed with a balanced spread of 10 goals and 10 assists in 33 Bundesliga outings this term. 

It's not a great surprise that interest in Hazard was high after another season impressing in the Bundesliga, while Gladbach were also under pressure to sell as he entered the final year on his deal with them.

They posted a tribute to the player after his transfer was confirmed: 

Gladbach @borussia_en

5️⃣ years 1️⃣8️⃣2️⃣ appearances 9️⃣1️⃣ goal involvements @HazardThorgan8 will join @BlackYellow in the summer. All the best for the future, Thorgan! 💚🐎 #DieFohlen https://t.co/L3XqgpGEF9

Hazard will look to make up for the loss of United States international Christian Pulisic, who agreed a £58 million transfer to Chelsea in the winter.

Per WhoScored.com, Hazard was in rare company this season when it came to his productivity:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Thorgan Hazard: Was one of two players, along with new teammate Jadon Sancho, to register double figures for goals (10) and assists (10) in the Bundesliga this season https://t.co/WfvpU7tRH7

Monchengladbach finished fifth in the Bundesliga this season to qualify for next term's UEFA Europa League group stage. Dortmund, on the other hand, finished a close second to Bayern and will compete in the UEFA Champions League for a third season in a row.

Hazard will return to Europe's elite competition after missing out in each of the last two campaigns. The Black and Yellows will be hoping his encouraging evolution in Germany continues as he approaches his prime years.

Dortmund have already signed Germany left-back Nico Schulz from Hoffenheim, while Bild (h/t TalkSport) reported Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt could also join.

German football writer Manuel Veth spoke highly of the club's early summer business:

Manuel Veth @ManuelVeth

#BVB this summer: ✅Julian Brandt from #Bayer €25m ✅Thorgan Hazard from #Gladbach €28m+ ✅Nico Schulz from #Hoffenheim €25m Less than €80m for three national team players. Respect!

Dortmund will tour the United States in their 2019-20 pre-season, and Hazard's first appearance for the club could come in their trip to face the Seattle Sounders in Washington on July 18.