Icelandic cap Kari Arnason today confirmed he wants to sign an extended contract with Aberdeen.
The 35-year-old defender’s deal expires at the end of the season.
Arnason is set to star for Iceland in the World Cup in the summer but wants to come back from Russia still a Don.
The centre-back joined Aberdeen for a second time last summer on a one-year deal having left Cypriot side AC Omonia.
He had previously played for the Dons during the 2011-12 campaign.
Arnason confirmed he has yet to open up contract negotiations with Aberdeen about his future but hopes they can start soon so he can thrash out a new contract tying him to the club next season.
Arnason started the 0-0 draw with Hearts at Pittodrie that ensured the Dons entered the Premiership winter break holding second spot.
He said: “I hope to get a new deal, definitely.
“I love it here at Aberdeen and hopefully I will get an extension.
“I have not had any talks but hopefully something will happen in the New Year.”
Arnason has 64 caps for Iceland and was a regular starter in the successful qualification campaign for the World Cup.
He was a pivotal part of the side who shocked world football by progressing to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016. He is desperate to return to Pittodrie after starring for Iceland in Russia.
He said: “It is up to the club now to approach me and hopefully they will allow me to stay.”
Arnason is one of three first team regulars out of contract at the end of the season.
Midfielder Kenny McLean and defender Anthony O’Connor both have deals up in the summer. They have been free to speak to any interested clubs since the January transfer window opened yesterday.
McLean has already confirmed he will move on at the end of the season.
Aberdeen have opened up contract talks with O’Connor.
Meanwhile, Arnason was left frustrated that Aberdeen could not break down a well- marshalled Hearts to go into 2018 on a winning note.
It was a sixth successive clean sheet for the Jambos – a new club record.
Arnason said: “I thought we did enough to win the game but obviously we didn’t, so it was one of those.
“Sometimes you do everything right and you just need to put one away – but we couldn’t do that.
“We dominated possession and created chances to win the game but sometimes you just cannot get the ball over the goal-line.
“Hearts had so many people in the box it was difficult to create those clear-cut chances.
“We should have buried the game but there are still a lot of positives from it.
“We have to ensure we build on those positives.”
Hearts set up to play a counter-attacking game and Arnason reckons they caught out the Dons too easily on the break. It is something they will address.
He said: “There were a few incidents when we were not set up right and we have to look back at that as it shouldn’t be happening.
“We shouldn’t allow Hearts to break so easily on us as it was just two passes and they were through.
“But Joe (Lewis) did brilliantly and prevented them scoring.”
Hearts were reduced to 10 men when Kyle Lafferty was red carded late on for a challenge on Dons skipper Graeme Shinnie.
As well as that dismissal a physical Hearts side received five yellow cards. Aberdeen had no cautions.
Arnason reckons they were ready for any battle against the Tynecastle outfit.
He said: “We knew what it was going to be and we matched Hearts physically.
“We just needed that final touch to bury the ball for a goal. Now we can recharge our batteries in the break.”