Dons boss Derek McInnes today confirmed he is ready to open up contract talks with skipper Graeme Shinnie.
Negotiations on tying down Shinnie’s long-term future to the Reds could begin before the start of the season.
Scotland cap Shinnie’s contract expires next summer and Championship side Bristol City have reportedly been tracking Shinnie.
The 26-year-old will be free to talk to any interested clubs from January 1 when the winter transfer window opens.
Ideally McInnes wants to secure the future of his skipper long before then.
He said: “Getting Graeme Shinnie on a new contract is something we would all want.
“Graeme had a lot to deal with over the summer as he was away with Scotland and got married.
“I am sure we will pick up on that (contract talks) over the next few weeks.”
Signed from Inverness Caley Thistle on a two-year deal in 2015, Shinnie penned a contract extension in January 2017 until summer 2019.
The midfielder-defender travelled to South America with Scotland at the end of the Premiership campaign and earned a debut cap in the 2-0 friendly loss to Peru.
He started the next game, a 1-0 loss to Mexico, when Dons team-mate Scott McKenna was skipper.
McInnes said: “It was a huge relief for Graeme to get that first international cap.”
Skipper Shinnie was today returning to Pittodrie for pre-season training having been given an extra few days break.
Aberdeen returned from summer on Friday but players involved on international duty with Scotland over the summer were given a few extra days off.
Centre-back McKenna and Scotland Under-21 winger Scott Wright also reported back for duty.
The Dons were today set to jet out to the Republic of Ireland for a week-long training camp in Cork.
They will face Cobh Ramblers in a friendly on Saturday.
Aberdeen’s three summer signings are in contention to make their debut in that friendly – midfielders Chris Forrester, Stephen Gleeson and Lewis Ferguson.
McInnes is happy to let SPFL arbitration sort out the training compensation for 18-year-old Ferguson which will now go to a tribunal.
Aberdeen and Ferguson’s former club Hamilton have failed to agree a compensation deal for the teen.
It is understood the Dons offered more than £100,000 for Ferguson with Accies’ valuation believed to be around £900,000 for the midfielder who made 14 first-team starts for Hamilton last season.
McInnes said: “We’ll go to the tribunal but I’m confident and comfortable that we’ve done our due diligence and the tribunal outcome will reflect that.
“Hamilton have got such a high regard for Lewis so I’m not surprised it’s going to a tribunal.
“Hamilton have produced some good players. I hope that can continue to be the case and that Lewis can reach a good level. He has settled in well.
“I’m pleased we have a young player like that as we cannot always sign ready-made players at Aberdeen.“
McInnes aims to have secured more new signings before the Dons face Burnley in the Europa League second qualifying round.
Aberdeen host the English top flight Clarets in the first leg at Pittodrie on Thursday July 26 with the return a week later.