GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - Sunday, June 30, 2024: Slovakia's Dávid Hancko during the UEFA Euro 2024 Round of 16 match between England and Slovakia at the Arena AufSchalke. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Centre-back has ruled out a move to Liverpool after ‘talks’ with Arne Slot

Despite tentative links with a move to Liverpool and conversations with Arne Slot, Feyenoord defender David Hancko has ruled out a switch to Anfield.

Since Slot’s appointment as head coach, Hancko has been one of the Feyenoord players most regularly touted with a move to join his former manager.

This was backed up by previous claims of interest from the versatile defender’s agent, who insisted in January that he had been “in contact” with Liverpool.

Capable of playing both centre-back and left-back, Hancko would arguably represent a smart acquisition for the Reds at a time when they could strengthen both positions.

But speaking to during Slovakia’s time at the Euros, the 26-year-old cast doubt over a move to Liverpool after talks with Slot himself.

“I think that in three years he will be named as one of the best coaches in the world,” Hancko said.

“I can see that happening, because I know what he did with us and now he has the biggest platform to show that.

“I have a lot of confidence in him and his staff. And I don’t express that appreciation because I hope that I will go with him to Liverpool, because that is unlikely.

“I have spoken to him a few times after the end of the season, but I don’t think they are looking for a player in my position, so I don’t think a transfer to Liverpool will happen.

“But I wish him the best of luck, he really is a fantastic coach.”

Throughout his career as a manager so far, Slot has only used three players – Lutsharel Geertruida, Gernot Trauner and Justin Bijlow – more than he has Hancko, who made 92 appearances for him at Feyenoord.

CARDIFF, WALES - Sunday, March 24, 2019: Wales' Tyler Roberts (L) challenges for the ball against Slovakia's Dávid Hancko (R) during the opening UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Group E match between Wales and Slovakia at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by Gareth Davies/Propaganda)

Continuing his interview with, Hancko lauded the 45-year-old as having “changed his career,” with it clear that he believes he is a top coach.

“You always really look forward to training with him,” he said. “His playing style and also the videos he shows in team meetings are all so professional.”

It is no surprise that Hancko will not be joining Liverpool, but his claim that the club are not “looking for a player in his position” could be controversial.

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The Reds are widely acknowledged as requiring more depth at both centre-back and, with doubts over Kostas Tsimikas‘ future, left-back – both of which Feyenoord’s No. 33 could fill.

Naturally, it would be wrong to take Hancko’s word as gospel – perhaps Slot was just letting him down gently!