Quique Sanchez Flores confirms he will be staying at Espanyol despite Stoke interest

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QUIQUE SANCHEZ FLORES confirmed he will reject a move to Stoke in order to stay with Espanyol.

The 52-year-old has been strongly linked with the Potters following the dismissal of Mark Hughes.

 The 52-year-old was Stoke's preferred choice for the vacancyPA:Press Association The 52-year-old was Stoke’s preferred choice for the vacancy

The ex-Watford boss is set to stay with the La Liga side, despite the Premier League side’s confidence of signing the deal.

During a press conference on Saturday, Flores said: “I am and I will be the coach of Espanyol.

“The fact is that I am here.

“Yesterday afternoon I was in the movies watching a movie by Woody Allen with my partner.”

 Stoke had the worst defensive record in the Premier League when he Hughes was sackedGetty Images – Getty Stoke had the worst defensive record in the Premier League when he Hughes was sacked

Stoke confirmed that a delegation flew out to Spain to discuss the deal with Flores on Wednesday.

And he was offered the job to fill the void left by Hughes, who was sacked following a shambolic start to the season.

Flores added: “These are situations that happen and they can not be avoided.

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




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