Borussia Monchengladbach have held "nice talks" with Chelsea over a possible permanent offer for Blues starlet Thorgan Hazard, according to the German side's sporting director, Max Eberl.
Hazard, the younger brother of Belgian star Eden, is yet to make a first-team appearance for his parent club after signing from RC Lens in 2012.
After an excellent campaign back in his homeland with Zulte Waregem last season, Hazard was one of a clutch of Chelsea starlets to seal a loan move to Germany during the summer transfer window.
The 21-year-old's role in Monchengladbach's first team has increased as the season has progressed, a development that has prompted the club to discuss a longer stay for the player with Chelsea.
"I've had a nice talk with Chelsea," Eberl told Kicker. "Thorgan is a good kid and he does very well. We are going to see what is possible."
Hazard, who is contracted to Chelsea until 2016, has also spoken positively over the possibility of extending his stay at Monchengladbach. Speaking to Bild in December, he said: "It is an option to stay at 'Gladbach longer. But it is just too early to talk about it now; the decision will be made towards the end of the season.
"I feel great here. I needed to get used to the league first. But it is getting better all the time. Of course, I'd love to have more game time."
Hazard is one of four Chelsea starlets to have joined Bundesliga clubs on loan this season, with Lucas Piazon of Eintracht Frankfurt, Tomas Kalas of Cologne and Oriol Romeu of Stuttgart also having left Stamford Bridge on temporary deals.
Both Romeu and Piazon, who also spent last season on loan away from Chelsea at Valencia and Vitesse Arnhem respectively, have indicated they are open to permanent stays having enjoyed their time in Germany.