He may not have had the most successful season on the pitch, but Eden Hazard has just done something magnificent off it.
The Belgian midfielder heard the story of lifelong Chelsea fan Vladimir Howard who was viciously attacked in November. As a result of the assault, Vladimir suffered amnesia and was unable to remember Chelsea’s title winning campaign last season, despite going to every home match.
Vladimir had resorted to watching YouTube videos of previous Chelsea games in an attempt to remember’s last season’s success.
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But when Hazard heard of Vladimir’s story he sent him a signed club DVD review of the season with the message: “Vladimir, to jog your memory! Get well soon.”
The carpenter from Bermondsey, south London appreciated the gesture and thanked the 25-year-old.
"This is really going to help,” he told The Mirror.
"Watching on YouTube has been helping me remember but this is much, much better. It's is nice of Eden to think of me. From now in he is my top man.
"I love Chelsea and because the club is a big part of my life I'm sure this will trigger the memories."
A club spokesman added: "We just hope it helps Vladimir recall some happy times. Eden thought it was worth a try."
The brutal attack
The attack happened at night when the 36-year-old was walking home from the shops near his house. He was found unconscious the following morning and the police are now appealing for information.
Vladimir, who comes from Russia, has urged someone to speak to the police if they know anything.
"It is crazy. I can't remember a thing. Nothing. But someone must know what happened but they are scared I think.
"No-one has come forward. I don't even know who found me.
"People tell me 'mate, from what we have heard it was someone from out of the community.' But nobody will come forward."
Hazard only recently scored his first goal of the season in Chelsea’s FA Cup Fourth round victory over MK Dons on January 31. He had previously gone 2,358 minutes without scoring which stretched across 30 matches.
This campaign is a far cry from the previous campaign when he scored 14 goals in 38 Premier League appearances helping his side ease to the title whilst winning the PFA Player of the Year and Chelsea’s Player of the Year.
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