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Thorgan Hazard will leave Gladbach this summer

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Sporting director Max Eberl has announced that Thorgan Hazard will end his four-year stay at Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer.

The younger brother of Chelsea star Eden has become one of Europe’s most wanted players in light of his strong displays in the Bundesliga since arriving at Gladbach in 2014.

Hazard has managed 12 goals and 11 assists in 29 appearances across all competitions for Gladbach this season.

But the former Chelsea winger has been linked with a return to the Premier League by joining Liverpool as his contract in Germany expires in June 2020.

AS Roma and Atletico Madrid are also understood to be interested in acquiring the services of Hazard.

Meanwhile, German media outlet Kicker has claimed that Borussia Dortmund are, in fact, leading the race for the 26-year-old’s signature.

And now a bidding war for Hazard seems set to go ahead this summer after Eberl confirmed the player’s desire to leave Gladbach.

“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,” Eberl told Sky.

“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.”

He added: “We’ll have to see where his path will continue. I don’t know whether it will be at BVB, who are constantly being mentioned, or at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool or another club.”

Hazard, who was a part of the Belgium team that finished third in the 2018 World Cup, has no release clause at Gladbach in his contract.

Although it’s believed that Chelsea retain a buy-back clause as part of their agreement to sell Hazard to Gladbach for €8m after initially loaning him out for a season.

The Belgian’s return is uncertain, though, as the London club received a two-transfer window ban from FIFA for breaching rules in regards to signing minors.

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 25: Thorgan Hazard #10 of Borussia Monchengladbach celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during an interview prior to the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at Borussia-Park on November 25, 2018 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)