Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed he played a part in convincing his brother to move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Kylian Hazard, 22, signed on the dotted line with the Premier League champions earlier this week following two seasons with Hungarian outfit Ujpest and becomes the third Hazard brother – after Eden and Thorgan – to play for the Blues.
The attacking midfielder will join up with Chelsea’s development squad and his older brother has claimed he was behind the move.
‘My brother needed a new challenge,’ Chelsea’s superstar forward said.
‘I told him: “Come to Chelsea. Maybe the manager can do something for you.”‘
Antonio Conte has also brought Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata this summer and is working on last-minute deals before the transfer window closes.
Danny Drinkwater, Fernando Llorente and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain on Conte’s radar.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has dropped a massive hint that he’s set to play for Belgium versus Gibraltar on Thursday evening.
Hazard is yet to make an appearance for the Premier League champions in the English top flight this term and missed the side’s entire pre-season after undergoing ankle surgery earlier this summer.
Antonio Conte admitted he was ‘surprised’ at Hazard’s inclusion in Roberto Martinez’s squad for Belgium’s World Cup qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece and the forward has confirmed that he is ready to return to action.
In the lead-up to the first clash, Hazard said: ‘I’m looking forward to play against Gibraltar.’
Belgium boss Martinez has already confirmed that there is a strong chance of Hazard playing against Gibraltar at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.
He stated: ‘Where Eden is is that every day we get a bit more information. That’s how we’re going to treat the situation.
‘Eden played a game that was very, very important for me to see if he was going to be available. He came through against Everton Under-23s really well. He played over 70 minutes, you could see he was growing into the game.
‘That gave us a lot of information. When you are at club level and you work with a player who is coming back from injury you need to be a little bit cautious but it is normal that when you see a player on the pitch you can make better decisions.
‘At the moment where we are is we’re delighted to have Eden here. He’s going to work with the group as he has been doing.
‘We’ve got good relationships with the club and we’ll treat it on a daily basis. If you were going to ask me “would he be available for the Gibraltar game” I would consider that he has got a great possibility.’
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Hazard happy to be back
Eden Hazard is delighted to be back in contention again, having not featured for Chelsea in the last three months.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has said there is a “great possibility” that Hazard will make his return against Gibraltar on Thursday, live on Sky Sports, despite not playing a minute of Chelsea’s season so far.
Hazard has been on the sidelines since undergoing ankle surgery this summer after fracturing it on international duty in June and has now opened up about his long road back in isolation.
“The last three months were not easy,” said Hazard, when asked about his recovery by Sky Sports News reporter Gary Cotterill. “I was working a lot, alone. When people were away on holiday I was training alone.
“It’s something that’s part of the job. Every day you learn, I learned over the last three months. But now I’m happy, I just want to play football and I’m just happy to be back on the pitch.”
Hazard also shed light on how he acted as something of an agent for his brother, Kylian, after the younger sibling joined Chelsea’s development squad this week from Hungarian side Ujpest.
Asked if he was happy about another Hazard heading to Stamford Bridge, Eden said: “Yeah but I think Kylian needed a new challenge.
“He went to Hungary and he told me ‘I want to find something new’. I said come to Chelsea, I will speak to the manager to see if he can do something and they did, so for him I’m happy.”
Eden Hazard warned his brother will not be lining up alongside him in the Chelsea first team any time soon, though.
“I just want him to play also, but not for the first team because now it’s too early and he’s not good enough,” said Hazard. “I hope to play with him one day, why not.”