Thorgan Hazard has effectively confirmed he will join Borussia Dortmund in the summer after months of uncertainty surrounding his future.
Borussia Monchengladbach confirmed in April that Hazard will end his four-year stay at the club, with the player himself indicating his preference towards a transfer to Dortmund shortly afterwards.
The younger brother of Chelsea star Eden enjoyed a remarkable final season at Gladbach, where he finished with 13 goals and 12 assists in 35 appearances across all competitions.
Therefore, Hazard hasn’t been short of admirers as Liverpool, AS Roma and Atletico Madrid have all been touted as potential destinations.
But it appears that Dortmund have finally reached an agreement with Gladbach to sign the Belgian winger.
While no transfer fee has been disclosed yet, German news outlets Kicker and Sportbuzz claim it will be around €30 to €40m.
“[Axel] Witsel is a player with who I speak very often. Next year, he will be there to help me,” said Hazard, according to OneFootball.
“When a club like Borussia Dortmund calls you, the motivation is clear. It is good to have someone that I know there.
“I hope that I will adapt easily, but I don’t think there will be an issue.”
Gladbach’s Champions League hopes go up in smoke
Despite having his future sorted, however, Hazard wasn’t able to help prevent Gladbach from falling to a costly 2-0 home defeat to new club Dortmund in Saturday’s Bundesliga finale.
The 26-year-old couldn’t make much of an impact as Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus’ goals secured victory for Dortmund, who missed out on the league title by two points to champions Bayern Munich.
It meant that Gladbach were forced to surrender fourth-place in the standings to Bayer Leverkusen, who thrashed Hertha Berlin 5-1 to secure the final Champions League spot.
“We had a really good home performance for about 25 minutes,” said coach Dieter Hecking, who had his final game in charge of Gladbach.
“We were somewhat unlucky – for example, when Ibo Traoré was denied by the bar or when Nico Elvedi’s header went wide. I just wish we’d taken the lead.
“Dortmund’s opener soon afterwards was very controversial, but I must not go on about that. That, combined with the results coming in from the other matches, killed it for us.
“We didn’t play well in the second half. We let the visitors have too much possession and were too passive. Dortmund also played well. All things considered, it was a deserved win for BVB.”