"I belong to Espanyol, I have contract and am honest with the club".
But overnight he had a change of heart, and instead told Stoke on Saturday he wanted to remain in Spain.
Since the departure of Hughes and his assistant Mark Bowen, first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki has been in temporary charge at Stoke, taking training ahead of Monday's league clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has been another name in the frame to replace Hughes, who was sacked by Stoke last week following their humiliating FA Cup defeat at Coventry.
They are third from bottom in the Premier League with 16 games left to secure survival in the top flight.
The Telegraph are reporting that Stoke remain keen on appointing O'Neill as their new manager, but he is yet to decide on whether he'll switch the global football scene for the Premier League.
"I have nothing else to add, only that I have to focus on the next LaLiga match".
Russell said: "It's been a bit hard with a manager gone who is really well-respected in the club".
"I don't want to talk about me, but to enjoy these moments".
Balague said a five-year proposal from Stoke would tempt Flores after a tenure of broken promises at Espanyol.
The 52-year-old Spaniard held talks with the Potters earlier this week although Flores says he has no intention of leaving his current club.