Speaking in an exclusive interview with Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella, Thorgan Hazard believes that Andreas Christensen is the future of Chelsea; whom he will return to at the end of season following his two-year loan spell at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
“When he arrived everybody in the team and at the club were saying “wow”, what a defender, what a player. He can play football, he is strong, he is fast, he is intelligent and so he has helped us a lot and helped us get Champions League qualification,” he told Goal.
“I think he has a great future and he can play at a top, top level at a top, top team. When a 19-year-old comes into defence like this and does this and I am very confident about his future. We have a good relationship and we played also at Chelsea for a month. We played in the youth team and trained together, but I didn’t realise until he came here that he was so good.
“First he came here and nobody knew who he was. He came in here, at 19 years old and when he played in the first game, it was difficult because it was against Dortmund. The team lost and it was difficult for him because then he didn’t play for two or three games. He wasn’t like he is now, he is a developing talent. There are a few players here who can speak his language like Jannik Vestergaard and Oscar Wendt which helps him. I think it is a club for young players and it is very good to come here.
“They give their opportunity also to play in a great club, great atmosphere and a great championship. Most of the guys are very good. It is a high level. You can see also with Christensen, Dahoud and Elvedi, but other guys too who are young players coming into the team this season. They help the team and learn.”