Dom Ball says it would be “brilliant” if he gets the chance to stay with the Dons beyond the end of the season.
The Englishman is in his second stint at Aberdeen on loan from English Championship side Rotherham United.
Ball, who can play in midfield but has been used as a right-back by the Reds of late, first arrived at Pittodrie last term. In the summer, Dons boss Derek McInnes moved to bring the 23-year-old back for another season-long loan in the Granite City.
Ball is out of contract with Rotherham at the end of this season and McInnes confirmed recently that talks had begun with the player to secure his services on a permanent basis.
With Aberdeen facing Dundee at Dens Park this afternoon and Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final a week tomorrow and then tackling five post-split fixtures, Ball is not focused on his future. He said: “I’m focused on the games at the moment and if there is an option for me here that would be brilliant.
“But I will wait and see what happens with that.
“We’ve had talks and I have enjoyed my time here.
“Right now I have to focus on the games we’ve got and then see after that.”
This season Ball has become a regular with Aberdeen.
He has made 33 appearances which have included roles in the Dons’ three wins over Rangers and a start in December’s League Cup final loss to Celtic at Hampden.
Last term he had just 19 appearances in red, eight of which were as a sub.
Ball was open about his initial struggles when he first joined. But as last season went on he became an integral part of McInnes’ side.
He played all five post-split games and the Dons secured second place in the Premiership for the fourth straight season.
Those displays meant the Reds were keen for Ball to return and after finishing on a high the player was chuffed to come back to the north-east for a second spell.
Ball added: “I was pleased to come back to the club this season.
“I was settled here by the end of the last season.
“It was important going into the last year of my contract with Rotherham that I was playing and I have, so it was good to come back.”