It was s a storybook season, 2014-15, for young Thorgan Hazard, the middle of the three Hazard brothers.
Having gone on loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer, he had secured a permanent transfer by January (with a buy-back clause for Chelsea), which became official this past July. He made nearly 40 appearances as Gladbach finished a surprising third in the league, ensuring Champions League football in the process. As we've seen with Chelsea however, fortunes can change rather quickly.
Gladbach started the season with five straight losses in the Bundesliga and wasted no time in firing Lucien Favre. Thorgan was a favorite of Favre's; the younger Hazard started four of the first five games. The new man, André Schubert, prefers others, and Thorgan has started just 1 of the 10 matches since. While he has been a regular off the bench, it's still a far cry from his previous role. He talks about this situation, and a few others in his interview with Belgian outlet HLN.
Thorgan Hazard on his difficult period: "I'm not worried yet. But one day I'll be tired of sitting on the bench." pic.twitter.com/VxXMpKGtiC— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) November 13, 2015
Unfortunately, the interview itself is behind a paywall (and not in English, obviously, even if I were eagle-eyed), so we only have Kristof Terreur's tweets to go by. Terreur does highlight one particular line that may be of some interest to us.
Like every great relationship, for things to truly work out in the end, the two sides have to accept each other for who they are. Presumably, anything else that may be in the article supports this theme as well.
Thorgan: "Eden doesn't give up. He doesn't doubt his qualities, he doesn't panic. Even after a bad game, he keeps on trying." #cfc— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) November 13, 2015
With a fresh round of rumors linking Eden Hazard with Real Madrid and PSG once again, Thorgan's words are certainly well timed. Even if Eden has had his (relative) struggles this season, it's still hard to imagine Chelsea without him at the moment.
Zinedine Zidane on Eden Hazard: "I'm still a fan of Eden. Every career has its highs and lows. I have no doubts. He will be back." #cfc— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) November 13, 2015
No doubt, Zizou. No doubt. Now, hands off.