Crazy mercato peak.
After a few impressive transfers, Anderlecht also announced the arrival of former Golden Boot Thorgan Hazard on deadline day.
The Red Devil returns to Belgium after 9 seasons in Germany, where he was the strongman at Mönchengladbach and Dortmund. Hazard signs 3-year contract with the Purple and White.
Hazard said in his initial response: “I am very happy to sign for Anderlecht.”
“I also wanted to return to Belgium with my family. I have been following developments at the club closely throughout the summer and have been impressed by the Mercato, the quality of the core and the club’s discourse. I really wanted to be part of this.” project, and I look forward to getting to know everyone and rediscovering the Belgian League.”
The winger wants to regain his place with the Red Devils at Lotto Park. After a difficult last season at Dortmund, where he started just twice, Hazard has lost his place under Tedesco.
Eindhoven’s loan did not achieve the hoped-for support after the new year. Hazard proved crucial with a goal in the cup final, but otherwise his impact was minimal.
Ten years after leaving Zulte-Waregem, the 47-time international wants to shine again in his homeland.
Moving to Anderlecht brings back old memories.
In the winter of 2014, Hazard was very close to moving to Anderlecht in an unprecedented transfer deal.
Then manager Herman van Holsbeek made pioneering Zulte Waregem a top priority. After a cup match against Cercle Brugge, the golden boy himself announced that he “wants to leave for Anderlecht”.
When much-discussed agent John Pico issued a statement that Hazard would “definitely play for Anderlecht”, it seemed like a deal had become a matter of time.
However, Zolte Wargem refuses to give up and continues to declare that Hazard will simply stay at Javerbek.
Issefi would be right in the end: the day after Hazard won the Golden Boot, all sides proudly announced an extended stay in a press conference.
No one doubted then that Hazard would move to Anderlecht ten years later.
CEO Jesper Friedberg also responded to Thorgan Hazard’s arrival on the club’s website: “We have big ambitions for the future here at Anderlecht. Thorgan Hazard’s arrival is further proof of that.”
“Thorgan is an experienced Belgian international who fits the profile we were looking for: he has technical skills and an attacking mentality, but he also has that physical and aggressive side to his game. Above all, he is still very hungry for success.” With us “We look forward to building the future with this team.”
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