Chelsea stars make Christmas come early for fans with surprise visit to Westminster hospital
- Chelsea made Christmas that little bit better for some sick supporters this week
- Antonio Conte's side made a surprise visit to the youngsters and their families
- Smiles were aplenty as presents were opened and photographs taken?
The Blues took time out of their schedule to turn from footballers to Father Christmas for the day, making life a little easier for the youngsters while on the road to recovery.
Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi and Jake Clarke-Salter were among those making the visit
Star striker Alvaro Morata made two Chelsea-supporting youngsters smile with his visit
Morata, Marcos Alonso and Thibaut Courtois pose for pictures with a young fan and family
Manager Antonio Conte shares an emotional moment with a youngster and her mother
Gary Cahill and NGolo Kante pose with a fan before giving him Christmas gifts
Smiles were aplenty as the first team stars brought in gifts inside official Chelsea carrier bags
'It’s something all of the players look forward to every year because it’s nice for us to see the kids. They are always very happy when we arrive and you can see the excitement on their faces,' Hazard told the club's official website.
'We handed out some Chelsea presents and had photos taken with the kids so if we can spread some happiness, especially at this time of year, that’s fantastic.
'We go to the hospital every year and it’s very important for us to be able to give something back,' the winger added.
The Blues return to action this week when they host West Ham on Friday night.
Kante and Conte speak to a proud mother and her young daughter with presents in hand
Brazilian duo David Luiz and Willian flash broad grins while posing with three youngsters
Ethan Ampdau, Edwardo and Luiz share a joke with the young fans in the children's ward
Both sides will do battle at Stamford Bridge, as Conte's side bid to continue their unbeaten run and make up ground on second placed Manchester United.
United go head to head with arch rivals City in the Manchester derby on Sunday, with Conte's side eager to capitalise upon a potential slip-up.
A win for Chelsea and defeat for United would see the two side locked in joint-second on 35 points after 16 games played.?
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