Thorgan Hazard has not been a Chelsea player for almost three full years now, but stories of a potential buy-back or re-purchase from Borussia Monchengladbach remain a constant feature of the rumor mill. Given that he’s putting together a career year at 24 (5 goals and 6 assists in 14 appearances already this season) and that he only has 18 months left on his current deal, these rumors will only escalate as we head into the summer — unless he signs a new deal at Gladbach of course.
At the time of his permanent move to Germany in January 2015, for what was even back then a small fee of €8 million, several sources claimed that the five-year contract he signed also had a (possibly limited) buy-back clause inserted. But once rumours of a potential return to Stamford Bridge started to emerge the following year, Gladbach director Max Eberl — he of Andreas Christensen public tapping-up fame — was quick to dismiss reports claiming there was such a clause involved in the deal.
Thorgan himself is confused as well, though it’s not something that he’s particularly worried about.
"To be honest, even I don’t know if there is a buy-back clause. My father deals with that now. Sometimes, I hear there is one. Here [in Gladbach], I’m told there isn’t. Frankly, I don’t know."
"It’s not that I don’t care, but I don’t think about it. I’m happy here. If Chelsea want to buy me back one day, I think they’ll do it, that’s not an issue. Actually, if there is or isn’t one, it’s the same, really. If Chelsea want me, they’ll pay for my transfer and they’ll take me back. It’s just a detail."
-Thorgan Hazard; Source: Onze Mundial
Clearly, Thorgan isn’t ruling out a move back to Chelsea, but he isn’t exactly clamoring for it either. It’s a pretty standard answer in fact, but it does keep alive the dream of Eden and Thorgan playing together for the Blues — it’s an achievement they recently collected for Belgium as well. And then there’s 22-year-old Kylian, who joined the Chelsea U23s this summer in an attempt to get his career back on track after a stint in Hungary and a major knee injury ... so Hazard FC may yet become a reality in the SW6.