Borussia Mönchengladbach’s attacking midfielder Thorgan Hazard has said that it is difficult for him and his elder brother Eden to play in a same team simply because the latter is a bigger name than he is.
Chelsea acquired Thorgan back in 2012 just some days after getting their hands on Eden by reportedly beating Manchester United for the winger. Unlike Eden though, Thorgan was sent on loan for first team experience only a month later to the Belgium side Zulte Waregem.
Following his two-year loan spell with the Belgium team, another loan tenure followed, this time with the Bundesliga team, Borussia Mönchengladbach. In 2015, it was eventually confirmed that Thorgan has signed a permanent contract with Gladbach, with Chelsea having a buy-back clause in the deal.
During an interview that year, he went on to mention his desires of playing for Chelsea at one point in his career. “I am focusing on excelling at Borussia Monchengladbach, but I still hope to play for Chelsea one day.” Rumours emerged a couple of years back that Chelsea will exercise their buy-back option, but nothing of sort eventually happened.
Thorgan has improved leaps and bounds in Germany and was included in Belgium’s squad for the FIFA World Cup alongside his brother Eden. The brothers have played alonside each other on the international stage but are yet to share the pitch on the club level. Asking about it, Thorgan mentioned that this remains a distant dream he doesn’t really believe it will happen.
“We already play together for Belgium, even if we are sometimes not on the pitch together sadly,” Thorgan told German TV channel Sport1. “It’s a good feeling to play for your country alongside your brother.
“But, honestly? It would be difficult to play for one club with my brother. He is a bigger player than I am. I can learn a lot from him and must work hard to improve.
“I am a different type of player. Eden’s one of the best players worldwide. When I joined Chelsea, it was clear that I’d be sent on loan like so many other talents. And that’s why I went to Belgium for two years and I showed good performances there.
“When I played for the Blues, I was too young and not ready for the big step. Chelsea are a big club with outstanding players. It was a better decision for me to play for another team.”