Quique Sanchez Flores rejects Stoke move from Espanyol

Mark Hughes was sacked as Stoke boss last weekend after losing to Coventry in the FA Cup

Mark Hughes was sacked as Stoke boss last weekend after losing to Coventry in the FA Cup

Flores had been expected to tell his current club Espanyol that he was bound for the Premier League strugglers.

"I live in a big city, in one of the best leagues, and I have reason to be happy and not to live anxious".

However, the Spaniard ruled out a move away from Espanyol in a lunchtime press conference ahead of their match on Sunday against Athletic Bilbao.

"The facts are what matter and nothing else". It's a day for Espanyol, for the club, for the players, it's a day to celebrate for having qualified for the quarters.

Stoke held talks with Sanchez Flores this week but the ex-Watford manager said on Saturday: "Here I have all I need". Football brings up these kind of situations where clubs ask. here at Espanyol it is hard to move someone.

Flores waves to fans after leading his side to victory over Malaga in La Liga on Monday night
Flores waves to fans after leading his side to victory over Malaga in La Liga on Monday night

The Hornets made the ill-advised decision to replace the former Spain defender with Walter Mazzarri despite Sanchez Flores keeping the Vicarage Road club in the Premier League at the first time of asking and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

"It happened three weeks ago with Gerard Moreno, but we have to think that we are happy with Espanyol".

The Potters have been searching for a replacement for Mark Hughes after sacking him last week, with Ireland manager Martin O'Neill emerging as one of the contenders for the job over the past couple of days.

The ex-Atletico Madrid and Benfica boss added: "I'm very grateful to Espanyol, I've been frustrated sometimes because we haven't advanced as fast as desired, but that's because Espanyol haven't been able to, not because they haven't wanted to".

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