Eden Hazard: 7 Players Chelsea Signed With Him in 2012 and Where They Are Now

Eden Hazard: 7 Players Chelsea Signed With Him in 2012 and Where They Are Now

Elijah Odetokun
updated at October 13, 2023 at 2:33 PM
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  • Eden Hazard announced his professional retirement early this week
  • The Belgian is best remembered for his seven years spell at Chelsea
  • He joined the Blues in the summer of 2012 alongside seven other players

Eden Hazard announced his retirement from professional football early this week, having remained without a club since leaving Real Madrid following the mutual termination of his contract at the end of last season.

The Belgian is best remembered for his time at Chelsea, where he spent seven successful years, won multiple trophies and became a fan favourite due to his dazzling skills.

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Eden Hazard arriving at Stamford Bridge with Real Madrid for a Champions League match against Chelsea. Photo by Steve Bardens.
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Hazard signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2012 after tweeting that he was signing for the Champions League winners.

He was not the only player the club signed that summer. Sports Brief looks at how the other seven fared, including his brother, Thorgan, as first analysed by Planet Football.

1. Cesar Azpilicueta

The greatest of them all. Azpilicueta joined the Blues from Olympique Marseille for £7million. He is the only player to win all possible trophies at the club and captained the team for four years before his departure last summer. He's currently at Atletico Madrid.

2. Andreas Christensen

The Dane was signed as a 15-year-old from Brondby and was not immediately drafted to the senior team. His breakthrough came in the 2016/17 title-winning season. As reported by The Athletic, he turned down a contract offer from the club and left as a free agent last summer to join Barcelona.

3. Oscar

Brazilian attacker Oscar also joined the club after they won the 2012 UEFA Champions League. He formed a feared trio with Hazard and Juan Mata, which fell apart after the Spaniard left in 2014. He left the club in 2016 for a Chinese transfer record of £52mil to join Shanghai SIPG, where he has remained since.

4. Victor Moses

The Blues toiled for the signing of the Nigerian international before seeing a fifth bid of around £9mil accepted by David Whelan. The Nigerian spent nine years with the club, most of which were on loan. He was part of the 2017 title-winning squad and is currently at Spartak Moscow.

5. Marko Marin

The German Messi moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2012 but was not an important figure throughout his four-year stay, where he made only 16 appearances. He went on multiple loans and is currently retired, last playing for Hungarian club Ferencvaros.

6. Thorgan Hazard

Hazard's brother Thorgan was also signed after him but was immediately loaned out to Zulte Waregem in his home country of Belgium. His only appearance in blue came against Manchester City for the U21. He was allowed to join Borussia Dortmund in 2019, enabling Christian Pulisic to move to London.

7. Charly Musonda

The highly-rated Belgian was destined for greatness, but injuries thwarted his career. He spent 10 years at Chelsea, four of which were in the academy and made only three league appearances. He currently plays for Cypriot first division club Anorthosis.

Etoo's old advice to Hazard

Sports Brief reported Samuel Etoo's advice to Hazard on his training attitude during their time together at Chelsea under former boss Jose Mourinho.

The Cameroonian legend warned his teammate that he would be forgotten if he didn't train well in two years. It didn't happen in two years, but it eventually happened.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.