Antonio Rudiger treats staff at Chelsea's local hospital to a feast to thank them for leading fight against coronavirus

ANTONIO RUDIGER has turned out to be just what the doctor ordered… by treating staff at Chelsea's local hospital to a feast.

The big-hearted Blues defender marked his 28th birthday on Wednesday thanking medics at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital for their work in fighting Covid-19.

German international Rudiger laid on a spread of cakes, pastries and drinks at the West London facility, a stone's throw from Stamford Bridge.

He said in a video message to staff: "I just wanted to say a big thank you.

"We all can't thank you enough for what you are doing in these difficult circumstances.

"That's why on my birthday I wanted to share a few cakes and drinks with you people, as a little appreciation for the work you are doing and will still do.

"I hope it won't be so much any more, and things will get better. I wish you and your families all the best.

"Stay safe and keep doing what you are doing, because you are doing great work.

"You are the heroes! Thank you, stay safe, and goodbye."

Smiling nurses and doctors are seen in the video standing behind a long table laden with food and drinks.

They chorus: "Happy Birthday, Toni – thank you for the gifts."

Rudiger last year donated pizzas to staff at 13 hospitals in Germany, and bought food for nurses at the Berlin hospital where he was born.


He has also provided facemasks for people in his mother's African homeland Sierra Leone.

The centre-back has made 18 Chelsea appearances this season.

A £29million buy from Roma in 2017, he has since helped the Blues win the Europa League and FA Cup.

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