JUST one week after coming clean about her relationship with tycoon Jimmy Mansfield, model Hazel O'Sullivan has netted herself a professional footballer.
The Diary can reveal that, after splitting with Citywest heir Jimmy over three months ago, the Assets model has started mending her broken heart by dating Tunisian goalkeeper Aymen Balbouli.
An insider told the Diary that Hazel (21) met the international player during the filming of a new RTE reality series, set to air next month. Hazel told the Diary last week that she was devastated over her break-up with the business man, but insiders say that the leggy model is ready for love again and has fallen for the charms of the handsome footballer.
A new reality show which follows a group of twentysomethings travelling around Europe has led Hazel to her new man. Although Aymen doesn't star in the show, sources say the model bumped into him off screen and the pair really hit it off.
"Hazel is head over heels at the moment. She met this goalkeeper while she was taking part in a new travelling show. He wasn't a part of the cast but he was over in Spain watching his friend play a Barcelona match.
"When the cameras stopped rolling they spent lots of time together. They had an amazing connection," an insider said.
And it looks like things may be getting serious as my source says the talented goalkeeper has already planned a romantic trip for the pair, and has offered to pay for Hazel's flights for a holiday.
"Aymen is mad about Hazel. He is calling and texting her all the time, it's so sweet. And he said he was going to fly her out to Tunisia so they could spend more time together. How could she say no to that? She will be flying out there soon," an insider said.
When approached by the Diary, Hazel remained tight-lipped about any romance but did say she was planning a trip to the African country. "I'm heading away in a few weeks to Tunisia for a holiday. It's supposed to be gorgeous over there," she said.
A friend of the model admitted that Hazel's new beau has a striking similarity to her ex-boyfriend, tragic Olympic boxing hero Darren Sutherland who died in 2009.
"It's crazy how much this guy looks like Darren. She said it herself that he really reminds her of Darren. But he's gorgeous in his own right. He is an international football player, and she likes the fact that they are long distance. There is less pressure," the source said.