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Media Watch: Eden Hazard tops season power rankings, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink sums up Chelsea’s campaign, Arjen Robben mulls retirement

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Eden Hazard edges Mohamed Salah to finish first in Sky Sports power rankings for the season, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gives his assessment of the Blues’ 2018/19 campaign and former Blue Arjen Robben is considering retirement.

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Hazard tops power ranking

According to Sky Sports, Eden Hazard was the top performing player in the Premier League during the 2018/19 campaign as he finished top of their seasonal power rankings.

The power rankings reflects a player's performance by awarding points for 34 different statistics in each game in which he plays, and with 16 goals and a league-leading 15 assists, the Belgian managed to finish in top spot, just ahead of reigning title holder Mohamed Salah.

Hazard picked up 80,746 points in total, while Salah was second on 78,389. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was third with 73,516 points while Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (72,993) and City’s Sergio Aguero (65,334) rounded off the top five.

Aside from Hazard and Salah, the other winners of the award are Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City 2015/16) and Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal 2016/17).

Hasselbaink gives verdict on Sarri’s season

Former Chelsea star striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink feels that Maurizio Sarri has done well in his first season at Stamford Bridge and can use it as a platform on which to build for our next campaign.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Dutchman said that the Blues had already achieved their target of qualifying for the Champions League, but victory against Arsenal in the Europa League final would add some lustre to the season.

‘At the start of the season a Champions League place was the aim and [Sarri] has got that in finishing in third,’ said Hasselbaink.

‘They had the League Cup final - that they lost to Man City on penalties - and the FA Cup, where they [reached the fifth round].

‘If they win the Europa League final it's been a successful season for Chelsea.’

Hasselbaink now hopes the Blues can kick on and challenge for the title once again next season.

‘It's a start. From where they came from it's a big improvement,’ he added.

‘Now they need to improve again for next year. They need to be title contenders.’

Robben mulls retirement

Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben may have called time on his decade-long spell at Bayern Munich but the Dutchman is undecided whether to retire or continue playing.

The 35-year-old, who helped the Blues to win two Premier League titles before playing for Real Madrid and Bayern, has received offers to play elsewhere next season but Goal.com reports that he is unsure about his future plans.

‘I'm late in making a decision, but that has to do with my injury. I wanted to get back on the pitch and then think about my future," said Robben.

‘I hope to make a decision within one or two weeks, but I can't promise anything.

‘It's not an easy choice to make. The whole package has to be right, not just in a footballing sense but also for my family.

‘The easiest thing to do would be to stop. That is also an option for me, but I'm not sure whether I will do that.’

Robben, who recently returned from a calf injury to play the 700th game of his career, is expected make his final Bundesliga appearance for Bayern against Europa League semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend.

Walcott wants Zouma to stay at Everton

Everton forward Theo Walcott has told the Liverpool Echo that he is hopes to continue playing alongside Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma with the Toffees next season.

Walcott has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park but he brushed off the rumours surrounding his own future and expressed hope that he will get the chance to play once again with the French defender and midfielder Andre Gomes, who joined Everton on loan from Barcelona last summer.

'They're two great guys, great professionals who have been fantastic throughout the season for us,' said the 30-year-old.

‘It's up to Everton and themselves to decide. As a player I know what they're probably going through.

‘But fingers crossed they can come back, I've enjoyed every minute with them and they've been a big boost for us.

‘We'll see, who knows? I'm like a fan, we want the best players to sign for Everton and they're definitely two of them.’

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