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Xavi confirms he turned down Barcelona job

Xavi confirms he turned down Barcelona job
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Barcelona legend Xavi reveals that he turned down an offer to replace Ernesto Valverde in the Camp Nou dugout in January.

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has revealed that he rejected an offer to replace Ernesto Valverde in the Camp Nou dugout.

Valverde was sacked by the Catalan giants in January following a poor run of form, with Quique Setien now in charge of the La Liga table-toppers.

Despite his status as a club legend, Xavi, who is the current manager of Qatari side Al Sadd, believes that he needs more managerial experience before returning to Camp Nou.

Speaking to former teammate Samuel Eto'o on Instagram, Xavi said: "In January, it wasn't the right moment. I had conversations with [Eric] Abidal and [Oscar] Grau and a big offer, but it wasn't the right moment.

"I need a bit more experience. Coaching Barcelona is my dream. I'd like to do it one day. I've said that many times."

Xavi amassed a total of 85 goals from 767 appearances for Barca, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with La Blaugrana.

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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