Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes today confirmed star striker Adam Rooney will not be leaving Pittodrie this summer.
Rooney had been left out of the Dons’ starting line-up in the post-split games last season with Championship Dundee United reportedly keen on securing the 30-year-old.
McInnes has also met former Rangers striker Kenny Miller recently in Florida.
Rooney is the first Don to hit 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons since legend Joe Harper in the late seventies.
McInnes insists he is here to stay.
He said: “Adam has two years left here and has always been a very important player for me.
“He will continue to be an important player.
“Adam and I work closely together.
“You don’t work closely together this length of time and not build a close relationship.
“Adam will be here.”
Prolific striker Rooney started just 22 games last season.
However, he still finished the campaign as the Reds’ joint top scorer on 11 goals, level with midfielder Kenny McLean.
Scotland international McLean has now left Pittodrie to join parent club Norwich City in the Championship.
January signing Sam Cosgrove, secured from Carlisle United, was the preferred striker in the final games of last season.
McInnes said: “If Adam Rooney wants to be here – he is here.
“And we want to work with Adam as he is a big player for me.
“Obviously, like every player, Adam wants to play week in, week out.
“Hopefully, Adam and others will keep looking for those improvements in their game that will help make that a reality.”
Dundee United were recently reported to be keen on a move for Rooney who is contracted to the Dons until summer 2020. McInnes confirmed there has been no contact from the Tannadice side.
He said: “There is no surprise clubs have been linked with him.”
Aberdeen had been linked with a move for out-of-contract former Scotland international striker Miller.
However, it is understood Miller won’t be moving to Pittodrie.
The 38-year-old is a free agent having left Ibrox.
Hibs, Motherwell, St Mirren, Dundee and Livingston are all targeting Miller.
It is understood Miller recently held talks with St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs.
He has also held talks with newly-promoted Livingston who are keen to offer him a player-manager role.
Aberdeen reported back for pre-season training yesterday as the build up to the Europa League begins.
Aberdeen remain in the hunt to sign Hibs’ out-of-contract midfielder Dylan McGeouch.
However, they face competition from Rangers, Fulham, Blackburn and Brentford.
Midfield is a position McInnes has already bolstered with three new signings in that area reporting for pre-season training at Pittodrie.
Republic of Ireland cap Stephen Gleeson signed on a free until 2020.
Former Peterborough United star Chris Forrester, a £200,000 transfer, penned a three-year Dons deal.
Also reporting for duty was former Hamilton Accies’ teen midfielder Lewis Ferguson.
Aberdeen and Hamilton have yet to agree a training compensation payment for the highly-rated 18-year-old who was also being tracked by Crystal Palace.
McInnes said: “In an ideal world you would always want to get consensus and reach an agreement with the club.
“Obviously, that is not going to happen now.
“We have done our work and are comfortable it will go to a tribunal.”