Kari Arnason today revealed he wants to return to Aberdeen.
The Icelandic international spent the 2011/12 season at Pittodrie under Craig Brown and he now wants to leave Cypriot club AC Omonia Nicosia for a second spell with the Reds.
The defender, who can also play in midfield, has been linked with a return to Aberdeen in recent days.
Speaking exclusively to the Evening Express, Arnason revealed he wants to re-sign for the Dons.
When asked if a move back to the Granite City would interest him, he said: “100%. I would definitely be interested in coming back because I love the club, love everything about it, love Scottish people and I love Aberdeen as a city, so I would love to come back there’s no question about that.”
Arnason has yet to be approached by Aberdeen and the club did not comment on the matter because manager Derek McInnes has a policy of not commenting on transfers until deals have been completed.
Arnason, who has 60 international caps for Iceland, has a year left on his contract with Omonia, but is hoping he will be able to leave, after an unenjoyable spell in Cyprus.
One obstacle to a deal is that Omonia have a number of injuries in defence and may not be willing to let Arnason leave until these have cleared up.
During his first spell with the Dons, Arnason became a fans’ favourite.
He left the Granite City in 2012 for then-English Championship side Rotherham United.
After three seasons in South Yorkshire the 34-year-old moved to Swedish club Malmo.
He won the Swedish top flight and played in the Champions League before moving to Cyprus in January.
Arnason also helped Iceland reach the quarter-finals of last year’s European Championships.
He man-marked Cristiano Ronaldo during their 1-1 draw with Portugal in the group stages and marshalled the defence during Iceland’s famous 2-1 win against England in the last-16.
He explained why he wants to return to the Dons and added: “I’m attracted to Aberdeen because I’ve played there before and know what the club is like.
“I’m also attracted because it is a growing team who are trying to compete with Celtic in Scotland and excel in Europe.”
Arnason also wants to repay the Red Army for the support they have shown him in the five years since he left the Dons.
“Aberdeen was a great place for me to be and I look back on it very fondly,” he said.
“The fans are unbelievable and they were very, very supportive of me, even after I left the club.
“When Iceland have started to do well I have felt the support of Aberdeen fans more than any other club I have ever played for.
“They are very loyal fans and I would love to pay them back.”