Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has revealed Thorgan Hazard’s desire to leave the club amid interest from Liverpool.
The younger brother of Eden Hazard has enjoyed a stellar campaign for the German club, prompting interest from the Premier League.
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- Hazard will see his present deal with Monchengladbach expire in June 2020.
- The club were in talks with Hazard’s representatives over a new deal but he has rejected the terms.
- Club sporting director has revealed he wants to “take the next step” in his career.
- The 26-year-old has scored nine goals and registered nine assists in the Bundesliga this season.
- As such, Liverpool have been heavily associated with his name and could make a move this summer.
Hazard joined Die Fohlen in 2015 after a successful loan spell from Chelsea, and he has since gone on to become one of the club’s chief playmakers.
He attracted plenty of attention and admiring glances last season after netting double digits in the German top-flight, and the club had been keen to extend his contract, though that now looks unlikely according to Eberl.
Speaking to Sky Germany, he said: “Thorgan has informed us that he doesn’t want to extend his contract and that he wants to leave the club in the summer to take the next step.
“I’ve heard this statement 15 times in the last 10 years as really great players have left us. That’s the way it is for us.”
Should the club sell up this summer they will have no shortage of potential buyers, but Eberl added that he is unsure where the midfielder will end end.
He added: “We’ll have to see where his path will continue. I don’t know whether it will be at BVB (Borussia Dortmund), who are constantly being mentioned, or at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool or another club.”
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Gladbach prefer Liverpool
One of the clubs believed to be leading the chase to secure Hazard’s signature is eternal club adversaries Borussia Dortmund, who have reportedly tabled an offer – replacing Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic.
However, according to the ‘media watch’ section on Liverpool’s official website, Gladbach will try to push through a deal with the Reds in order to prevent losing their prized asset to a rival club.
According to the report Hazard would cost the Merseyside club a figure in the region of £36m, which is a substantially lower figure than what it would take to prise long-term interest Nabil Fekir away from Lyon.
The two players offer bags of creativity in the final third and manager Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to bolster his attacking armoury this summer to rival the unwavering trident of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.