Derek McInnes says he would be happy to discuss signing an extended deal with the Dons.
The Aberdeen manager was reacting to chairman Stewart Milne admitting in the Evening Express earlier this week that he wants McInnes to still be around if they win their fight to move to a new stadium in 2020.
McInnes underlining his desire to stay with the Dons long-term also comes as Gothenburg Great Alex McLeish claims he expects to see him move on to a bigger club within 18 months.
When asked about Milne expressing a desire to see him stay long-term, McInnes said: “It’s nice to know the chairman wants me to hang about. Everybody knows how happy I am here, and I do feel there is still a lot of work to do.
“If the chairman’s wish is to sit down and talk about that I would be happy to do so.
“But we have a lot of challenges ahead of us at the moment.
“The chairman is busy trying to drive home the stadium and training ground.
“And I’m busy trying to drive home performances on the pitch so that we can finish the season strongly.
“I’m sure we will get around to talking about that in the future.”
McInnes’ current contract with the Dons isn’t due to expire until the summer of 2019.
Milne admitted he expects there to come a time when a major club will attempt to prise McInnes away.
But he underlined Aberdeen’s determination to ensure that is some time off yet.
Milne said: “There would be nobody happier than me to see Derek going into a top job in the Premiership in England, but only after he does what he says he wants to do for Aberdeen.”
Dons legend McLeish, however, has claimed McInnes might not want to stick around at Pittodrie beyond the end of next season.
He said: “He can only go so far with Aberdeen. I’m not trying to get him out the door and Dons supporters will be cursing me for saying these things, but I’m just talking about the reality.
“I think Aberdeen supporters can be comfortable that he’ll be there for this season and probably next – and it would only take a big club to lure him away. It would be great news if Aberdeen could get him secured for the foreseeable future.
“But Derek might not want to be tied down, or if he signs a new deal he might want to put a clause in his contract to allow him to move to a bigger club.”