Defender Andy Considine was today reassured he will be at Pittodrie beyond next summer – if he wants to.
Long-serving stopper Considine is out of contract at the end of the season.
The 31-year-old will be free to talk to any interested clubs from the start of the winter transfer window on January 1.
Having played 438 times for the Reds, Considine is sixth in the club’s all-time appearances list.
If Considine does sign a new deal it is likely he will break into the elite top five.
Boss Derek McInnes has started preliminary talks with the left-back.
McInnes said: “I have spoken with Andy and we are both really relaxed about that.
“Andy knows how I feel about him.
“If Andy wants to be here next year there won’t be an issue there.
“I couldn’t speak highly enough of him.
“Andy has been a terrific servant for us and will continue to be.”
A Pittodrie youth graduate Considine is now into his 16th season as a first-team player.
He made his debut in May 2004 under Steve Paterson and has played under five managers – Paterson, Jimmy Calderwood, Mark McGhee, Craig Brown and McInnes.
Considine is one of three first-team regulars out of contract at the end of the season.
Scotland internationals Graeme Shinnie and Gary Mackay-Steven both have deals that expire in the summer.
Aberdeen have tabled a new deal to club captain Shinnie that would make him one of the highest earners at the club.
McInnes is desperate to retain the 27-year-old Aberdonian, who attracted interest from Bristol City this summer.
With a League Cup final against Celtic looming on December 2, Shinnie recently said he is concentrating on his football for now.
The versatile midfielder/ left-back has put transfer matters on the back burner.
It is understood Aberdeen have yet to open formal talks with Mackay-Steven, a £150,000 capture from Celtic in summer 2017, and the Reds’ top scorer this season.
Considine is in contention to return to the starting line-up against Hibs in the Premiership at Pittodrie tomorrow.
The defender missed last Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat of Hamilton having suffered a neck injury in the Betfred Cup semi- final defeat of Rangers.
He received treatment for eight minutes on the pitch before being stretchered off and hospitalised.
The injury was not as serious as initially feared and having missed the Hamilton match he returned for the 2-1 win at Kilmarnock.
Considine was an unused substitute at Rugby Park but is in contention to face Hibs tomorrow.
McInnes said: “Andy gives us so much and the biggest thing he gives us is that consistency.
“He’s got the experience to go along with everything else he has as a player.
“Andy has given myself and the club brilliant value and we recognise that.
“He is such an important player for me.”
Aberdeen will tomorrow attempt to extend a winning streak to four games having already seen off Rangers, Hamilton and Kilmarnock.
Victory over the Easter Road side would elevate the Dons into the top six.
McInnes said: “We are looking for momentum, but every team looks for that.
“Wins are going to be harder to come by in the league this season because the league is stronger.
“Any kind of winning run you can get, any sequence will be much sought after.
“We have always been good at getting those types of winning runs.
“We normally get two or three decent runs in a season but we are going to have to work hard to maintain that.”