Flores rejects offer to manage Stoke

Quique Sánchez Flores says he wishes to remain with Espanyol

They had set their sights on Sanchez Flores and the former Watford manager was said to be on the brink of a Premier League return.

Espanyol held a press conference on Saturday afternoon that supporters though would spell the end of Sanchez Flores' time at the club, but it's quite the opposite.

"I belong to Espanyol".

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. I am absolutely happy with my situation, I do not have to explain anything else.

"Football brings these types of situations".

Stoke had hoped to appoint Flores this weekend after vice-chairman John Coates and chief executive Tony Scholes flew to Barcelona for initial talks on Wednesday.

'We feel happy. We are in a happy place and we don't want to break that up'.

The Potters sacked Mark Hughes last Saturday with the club in the Premier League relegation zone.

Martin O'Neill and Derby County manager Gary Rowett have been linked with the job vacancy, with the latter recently ruling himself out of a move after he signed a new deal with the Rams.

Stoke City will play Manchester United on Monday at Old Trafford under their caretaker manager, Eddie Niedzwiecki.

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