Thorgan Hazard has completed a move from Borussia Dortmund to Anderlecht. The 30 year old returns to his native Belgium after almost a decade in the Bundesliga. Here are the full details of the Thorgan Hazard transfer.
While older brother Eden may be the better known of the Hazard brothers, Thorgan has still had a stellar career, representing Belgium 47 times whilst featuring prominently for both Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Hazard was perhaps at the peak of his powers when he made a €25.5m move to Dortmund in 2019. He enjoyed a solid first season at Westfalenstadion but has struggled to cement himself as a regular starter for the German club since then. Last season, Hazard was relegated to a fringe role which resulted in a January loan move to PSV, so it’s no surprise to see him departing on a permanent transfer this summer.
Thorgan Hazard transfer – Full details
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Thorgan Hazard has joined Anderlecht in a €4m deal. That represents a significant loss for Borussia Dortmund on the fee they paid for the player four years ago, but they’ll be happy to get some money for the Belgian this late in the summer and get his wages off the payroll.
Capable of operating as a winger or attacking midfielder, Hazard has signed a three year deal with Anderlecht. Having turned 30 earlier this year, he should still have a few strong years left in the tank and the Belgian club are clearly banking on his ability to make a big impact in the Pro League.
Historically, the largest and most successful Belgian club, Anderlecht endured a disastrous 2022/23 season as they slumped to an 11th place finish in one of their worst ever domestic campaigns, although they did still progress to the Conference League Quarter Finals.
They’ll be hoping that Hazard can help spearhead a revival this term as he links up with his new teammates who are managed by former Brentford assistant Brian Riemer.
Hazard returns to his homeland
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Thorgan Hazard was on the books of a couple of smaller Belgian clubs as a young academy player but at no point in his senior career has he previously been owned by a club in his homeland. Hazard moved to French side Lens as a 14 year old before following brother Eden to Chelsea in 2012.
However he does have experience of playing in the Belgian Pro League. He spent two years on loan at Zulte Waregem between 2012 and 2014, with an impressive 14 goal return during his second season underlining his status as a player of real promise which helped convince Borussia Monchengladbach to sign him.
Nine years later, he’s back in Belgium and Hazard will be hoping that regular minutes can help him rediscover his best form after a really frustrating 2022/23 season where he made just 2 league starts for Borussia Dortmund and only 1 on loan at PSV.
Hazard hasn’t featured for his country since the 2022 World Cup and may also view this transfer as a move that can help him stake his claim for a place in Belgium’s Euro 2024 squad, assuming the Red Devils qualify.