The Potters sacked boss Hughes last weekend after the 2-1 FA Cup loss at League Two Coventry, which followed a run of seven losses in 10 Premier League games.
Reports suggested that they were successful, and Sanchez Flores looked set to use Saturday's press conference to announce his departure.More news: NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) May Be in Trouble as Bernstein Downgrades Shares
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. I have a contract and I am honest with the club.
"I belong to Espanyol". I am the coach and will continue to be until the end of the season.
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The Spaniard had a €4m release clause in his contract which Stoke were more than willing to pay to secure the former Atletico Madrid and Valencia boss ahead of second choice Martin O'Neill, who must now return to Dublin to negotiate a new deal with the Republic of Ireland.
The 52-year-old alluded to that in his post-match press conference but did not indicate he wanted to leave the club.
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. The reality is that clubs are interested in players and coaches.More news: Messi double helps Barca reach King's Cup quarter-finals
Defenders Erik Pieters and Bruno Martins Indi, sidelined of late by hamstring and groin injuries respectively, could be available for selection for Monday having returned to training this week.