Espanyol could announce the appointment of Huesca manager Rubi as their new head coach as early as next week, according to MARCA.
The former Espanyol B player and coach has already confirmed that he will depart the newly promoted minnows in an emotional press conference on Friday.
“We won’t be here next year,” he revealed, as quoted by MARCA.
“I can’t make the club wait for so long, we achieved promotion on Monday and [on Friday] my agent told the owners.
“I’m excited to say goodbye to the fans and to everyone on Sunday. I have an enormous thanks for all because without the support of everyone this would have been impossible, I give everyone my thanks from the bottom of my heart.
“It’s not been an easy decision because you see the love and the love has an impact. I’m going happily and I Think that people can understand.
“This club has taught me many things and I’m thankful to this city. The most beautiful thing that I’ve seen is the older people excited by promotion, they’ve told me they’ve enjoyed it.
“Every day it shows me more that it’s best to leave places with a pat on the back. In this case, you never know if it will be an until next time.”
Los Pericos will now appoint the 48-year-old as the permanent replacement for Quique Sanchez Flores, replacing David Gallego who had taken temporary charge.
Espanyol finished the campaign in 11th position after Gallego oversaw an upturn in results including memorable results including a Catalan derby win over Girona and the first LaLiga victory for a visiting side at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Rubi will now bring his tactics to the RCDE Stadium alongside his support staff, who will join him in making the move to Catalonia at the end of the season.
Huesca still have plenty to play for going into the final few weeks of the campaign as they look to seal the La Liga 1 2 3 title over Rayo Vallecano after winning promotion last weekend.
After that is secured, Rubi will turn his attention to Espanyol and his new project which could help him to take the next step in his managerial career and establish himself as a top-flight coach.