La Liga new boys Huesca have confirmed that Coach Rubi is likely to leave the club for Espanyol.
Rubi has emerged as the runaway favourite to fill the void left by Quique Sanchez Flores, after guiding Huesca to their first-ever Segunda promotion.
“It bothers me because I’d have renewed his contract, but the truth is that he’s given us few options, none even,” President Agustin Lasaosa told Cadena SER.
“Still, it’s understandable. Huesca are a team that, for both players and Coaches, acts as a stepping stone.
“He is Catalan and his staff are from Barcelona, so if Espanyol make an offer, I understand; we’re football people.
“We were expecting it because he was doing so well... And we knew he had offers. However, I’m very pragmatic: another will come in.
“It’s just like when [Alfredo] Di Stefano retired and it seemed that Madrid were finished, the same with Barcelona and [Diego] Maradona.
“Messi will retire and I don’t who will replace him, but they will have the same impact or do even better. People come and go but clubs remain.”
The 48-year-old is Catalan by birth, coached Espanyol’s B team between 2005 and 2008 and worked at Barcelona during the 2013-14 campaign.
However, his top-level career appeared to be over after consecutive relegations with Levante and Sporting Gijon.