Scott Wright recently penned a contract extension until 2021 to work with manager Derek McInnes.
So it’s no surprise he hopes his boss will still be in charge of the Dons by the time his contract is up.
McInnes has been heavily linked with taking over as Rangers manager following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking last week.
Reports suggest the Ibrox club will approach Aberdeen this week to enquire about McInnes.
But Wright, who started in the 2-1 win over Ross County on Saturday, said McInnes being his manager played a big part in him extending his contract and he wants the manager to stay.
He said: “I’m delighted to sign for four years and hopefully I can work with the manager for those four years.
“He’s been a massive part of my career here – since I’ve come in full-time I’ve only had him as the manager.
“He’s been brilliant here and I really enjoy playing under him.
“I’m obviously hoping he stays. I’ve just signed a new contract hoping I’ll work with him. I’ve seen what they’ve done at the club so far and I enjoy working with them every single day.
“So it was a massive part for me signing here and I’m hoping he stays.”
Wright revealed that McInnes hasn’t had to say anything to his players about the speculation linking him with a move to Govan.
He added: “The fans love him as well which is massive for him, but he hasn’t really spoken to us about it.
“I don’t think he would, he has blocked it out and we focused on the three points on Saturday.
“He’s done a brilliant job here and he’s a brilliant manager so there is always going to be speculation.
“But he said before that he feels he still has a job to do here, so all we can do is just hope he stays.
“I speak for most of the boys when I say we all love playing under him and we just hope he stays.”
On Saturday the Reds came from behind to defeat the Staggies 2-1 at Pittodrie.
It was a good response to losing to Premiership leaders Celtic last Wednesday.
With the Hoops drawing 1-1 with Kilmarnock at Parkhead on Saturday the gap at the summit of the league table was narrowed to just a point.
Wright felt they deserved the victory but said that Owen Coyle’s County side made it difficult. Now he hopes the Reds can kick on.
The 20-year-old added: “I think we probably deserved the three points.
“The manager and Tony Docherty were on at us before the game at half-time and full-time because we knew it would be a really hard game.
“It just shows, we bounced back from Wednesday night and that was the most important thing for us.
“The manager and Tony Docherty spoke to us about it before the game and it is the sign of a good team being able to bounce back after a difficult game on Wednesday.
“It shows that we can just brush it off and get back up and running again.
“We saw they (Celtic) dropped points on Saturday and it’s about us being able to kick on now in the next game and hopefully we can get the three points there.”
Wright was also hoping to be named in the Scotland Under-21 squad today for the upcoming Euro 2019 qualifiers.
The young Scots face Latvia and Ukraine next month as they try to qualify for the tournament in Italy.
Scot Gemmill’s team have made an encouraging start to the campaign taking six points out of nine ahead of these two home games.
Wright made his debut for the young Scots in the first Euro 2019 qualifier against Holland in September. He was also called up to the squad for games against England and Latvia earlier this month but didn’t feature. If called upon this time he hopes to feature more prominently.
He said: “We’ve got the double header v Latvia and Ukraine so hopefully I can be named in that squad, but it is just a case of waiting and seeing.
“It’s been good being involved. It would obviously be good to get a bit more game time. But it’s great going away with your country – it’s a great experience that is different from club football.
“It’s all part of your football education and I think it’s great for me.
“All I can do is just focus on Aberdeen.
“All I can do is just try to keep my place in the team, that’s the most important thing here.
“And if it gets rewarded through Scotland or anything else then I’ll take it as it comes.”