Borussia Dortmund has yet to receive any transfer offers for Belgium international Thorgan Hazard this summer, per reports.
Borussia Dortmund continue their summer plans both on and off the pitch, with Belgian duo Thomas Meunier and Thorgan Hazard now at the forefront of the clubs plans in terms of possible departures. While the former recently picked up an injury in the club’s friendly against Manchester United, Hazard is still on the market and a player the club is looking to part ways with, per RN.
Hazard’s situation is a complicated one, however. The Belgian international allegedly has some rather high expectations and demands regarding his next club. These demands have seemingly kept any offers from coming in for the player. In addition to this, his wages, while not particularly high by Dortmund’s standards, could pose a financial strain on any prospective suitor.
Signed back in 2019 from Borussia Mönchengladbach to many a fans excitement, Hazard’s career at Dortmund hasn’t necessarily gone the way many would have hoped. Despite this however, we can’t also fully call Hazard’s time at Dortmund a complete disaster either. His first season was a solid one, with Hazard proving effective from the wing, scoring 7 goals and providing 13 assists over 33 league appearances. He was also lauded at the time by many for the energy he showed on the pitch, often being one of his side’s most tireless performers.
Unfortunately for the club and player, Hazard did not build on his first, promising season but merely regressed. The following season saw Hazard only feature 16 times in the league, with 1 goal and 3 assists to show for his efforts, alongside a handful of goals and assists in other competitions. These numbers have continued in a similar fashion since.
This regression was likely in part due to the significant amount of injuries the player has picked up since joining Dortmund. Throughout the 2020/21 campaign alone, Hazard missed17 games total due to a torn muscle fibre, and has since had to deal with a slew of back, ankle and thigh issues that have accumulated to the player often not being able to find any rhythm on the pitch when fit.
Dortmund have also had a relatively frequent shift in managers; managers that focused on or preferred other players in his position. Last summer truly spelled the end for Hazard’s time at Dortmund with Donyell Malen, Karim Adeyemi, and Jamie anyone Gittens being preferred out wide by Edin Terzić. This eventually led to the player going out on loan to PSV Eindhoven for the second half of the season, where he struggled once again with injuries and his performances failed to convince.
With separation likely the best option for both club and player going forward, it would be in the players interest to temper his expectations regarding any perspective transfer and work to find a solution that sees him play week in, week out. Considering his age, a move away to play regularly may be the best way for Hazard to get his career back on track.
For the club, the main problem with the likes of Meunier and Hazard staying to run down their contracts rather than moving on has to do with how BVB operates – namely, there must be departures before new players come in. Both Hazard and Meunier’s wages could be better utilized on a player that has a future ion Dortmund’s plans. We’ll have to wait and see if this changes moving forward, otherwise the club may go into the season with less depth than they would need to compete.