Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta says the formation of the Players Together initiative, set up by Premier League stars to help during the coronavirus pandemic, is a “unique” achievement.
With the skippers of all 20 clubs acting as representatives for their squads, agreement has been reached for contributions to be made to NHS Charities Together.
The aim is that donations from players across the competition will quickly help health workers, volunteers and patients affected by the coronavirus.
“From the first moment I thought it was an amazing idea to bring the Premier League players together - players from many, many countries with different cultures, with different backgrounds, to get them involved during this difficult time we are all experiencing now with the coronavirus.
“I forwarded the message straight to the players and the answer was very positive. They wanted to be part of it and I am very glad because we have been working on that for quite a while.
“To make it happen I think is something unique.
“It is not easy [to set up] because we are a lot of players. We want to help, we want to be involved with the problems, but also we want to have the security that the donations are going to the right people at the right time when they are needed.
“Some people have been working really hard to get it done.”
In the interview Azpilicueta also discusses the situation in his native Spain and the ways in which Chelsea are helping with their own projects during the pandemic.