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Chelsea Football Club today confirmed Kylian Hazard, the younger brother of Eden Hazard will leave the club permanently.
Kylian Hazard spent this season on loan at Cercle Brugge and Chelsea confirmed in a statement that the 23-year-old will make that move permanent in the summer.
A statement by Chelsea read: “Chelsea Football Club has agreed terms with Cercle Bruges for the permanent transfer of Kylian Hazard.
“The 23-year-old Belgian, younger brother of Blues forward Eden, joined us from Hungarian side Ujpest in the summer of 2017, making 11 appearances for our development squad last season, including a goalscoring debut against Swansea City.
“Hazard has spent the current campaign on loan in his homeland’s top flight with Cercle Bruges, scoring four goals in 21 appearances in all competitions, and will make the move permanent when the summer transfer window opens.
“We thank Kylian for his service to the club and wish him the best of luck for the next chapter of his career.”
Some Chelsea fans are now worried Eden Hazard is set to leave the club for Real Madrid at the end of the season following his younger brother’s exit from the club.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle believes Chelsea would find it impossible to replace Hazard should he leave.
“They will only find out how important Hazard is after he is gone, unfortunately, because he is that good a player,” Hoddle said.
“What he does brilliantly is you can give him the ball and he will draw three players over to him and he can get you up the pitch.
“But he has goals in him and has got end product in there and around the penalty area. He is a danger.”
Glenn also thinks it’s time for Hazard to leave and fulfill his potential at Madrid, but admits that the Premier League will miss such a calibre of player.
“I think Chelsea will get into the Champions League, whether Hazard will be there with them… I feel it might be the right time for him personally, not for Chelsea or the Premier League, but for him to go to Real Madrid if that offer is there on the table for him,” Hoddle told TSN.
“He deserves to play in that team. They’ve got a re-build going on as well. I personally would love to see him play in the Premier League but I’ve got a feeling he might move. Chelsea, at the moment, there’s something missing but without Hazard in the team and all the hope [goes].
“The only player who was really dangerous for Chelsea when they weren’t playing so well and Manchester United were on top, was Hazard.
“Hazard was doing everything he normally does, he looks sharp, he was beating players, every time he had the ball something was going to happen.
“You take him away from that team at the moment you’ve got a massive hole to fill. ‘Can you fill it? Probably not. And it’s a real big concern for Chelsea at the moment.
“And that’s where I think they are at as a club, they’re at a crossroads. ‘With their owner, the new stadium not coming, there’s a lot of players coming to the end of their contracts, the transfer embargo as well.
“All these things are not positive. The main thing they’ve got to do is switch off from that, win their last two games, get into that top four, or win the Europa League, they are still in a good position to win that. But I think they’ll end up in fourth spot.”