Thorgan Hazard now wants more success at Borussia Mönchengladbach after helping Belgium to third place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. - © gettyimages / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
Thorgan Hazard now wants more success at Borussia Mönchengladbach after helping Belgium to third place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. - © gettyimages / ATTILA KISBENEDEK
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Thorgan Hazard glad to be back with Borussia Mönchengladbach and ready for new season

Thorgan Hazard is sweating in the summer sun with the ambition of improving on his sensational last season as Borussia Mönchengladbach prepare to launch their 2018/19 campaign.

There has been little time to enjoy the summer for the Belgium international, who — after helping his country finish third at the FIFA World Cup in Russia — squeezed in just a short break before returning to Germany on Monday to begin gruelling pre-season preparations.

"Three weeks off was enough. Now, I'm happy to be here again," said Hazard, who hopes to be fit for the Foals' DFB Cup tie with BSC Hastedt — their first competitive game of the season — on 19 August, six days before they begin their Bundesliga challenge at home to Leverkusen.

"I haven't lost all that much in that time off, and now I am going to get stuck in to be 100% fit as quickly as possible."

Hazard is not only working on his physical shape.

The 25-year-old enjoyed his best return since arriving from Chelsea in 2014 with ten goals and seven assists as an ever-present for Gladbach last season. Ominously for Bundesliga opponents, he now hopes to improve on that.

"It was a good season from me, but there are some things that I could have done better. And I'm working on that," he explained.

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