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|Taken from BBC|
Thorgan Hazard, 19, will join Champions League champions Chelsea for an undisclosed fee. He follows his brother, Eden Hazard, who joined Chelsea for a reported £32m from Lille in June.
Thorgan has appeared for his native Belgium at 5 different levels, at U15 through to U19. This season he made 23 appearances for the Belgium U19 side, scoring 10 goals in the process.
He started his youth career at Belgium side Royal Stade Brainois from 1998 to 2003, before moving to Belgium outfit A.F.C Tubize where he enjoyed 4 successful years. He then moved to Lens’ U16 team. His parents accepted an offer from Lens with hopes that the training facilities in France would be better after he was scouted by the northern France team at the age of 14.
Hazard was in the Lens side that won the 2008 Championnat National des 16 ans. On 7 April 2010, Hazard signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal until June 2013. Last season he made only 14 appearances.
Thorgan can play on either wings and as an attacking centre midfielder, but is equally adept to playing in a holding midfield role.
His brother, Eden has said himself that Thorgan is the better player out of the two, and his undeniably great technique proves this. Hazard enjoys playing directly as much as building attacks.
However, he isn’t the tallest; this leaves him being ‘bullied off the ball’ a bit.
His coach at Lens said this about Thor: ‘He can single-handedly change a game’s destiny… Thorgan has great technique but lacks power. He has to find a way to repeating those good things of which he is capable. He has to gain volume in a game and to let himself go more often. He is the creator; he is capable of guiding the other players and making the play. He needs to show more consistency, he needs to add to his bursts of brilliance’.
Written by Adam May
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