Stoke City have been dealt a blow in their search for a new manager after Quique Sanchez Flores made a decision to remain at Espanyol.
Flores was coy on Thursday night when asked about a possible return to the Premier League after his Espanyol side reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.
Sanchez Flores, who is under contract with La Liga side Espanyol until 2019 but has a release clause in his deal, had been Stoke's first choice to replace Hughes.
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"I belong to Espanyol".
"I don't want to talk about me, but to enjoy these moments. I am the coach and will be".
The 52-year-old has been strongly linked with the Potters following the dismissal of Mark Hughes.
Stoke City remain keen on appointing Martin O'Neill as their new manager and are making a concerted attempt to persuade him to leave the Republic of Ireland are four years in global football.
But the 65-year-old said after the Republic lost their World Cup qualifying play-off the following month that he would need to have "a real think" about his future, and still nothing has been signed.