Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says the Dons have no intention of cashing in on defender Scott McKenna this summer.
The 21-year-old, who was the subject of four rejected bids from Hull City during the January transfer window, continued his remarkable breakthrough season with two impressive displays for Scotland against Costa Rica and Hungary.
With Aston Villa also linked with the central defender, Aberdeen’s resolve could be tested once again this summer, although the Dons will be able to hold out for a hefty transfer fee after McKenna signed a new deal until 2023 earlier this month.
McInnes said: “I’m not here to talk about losing him. We have signed him on a long-term contract because we want to work with him.
“There are people who have seen he’s doing well at Aberdeen in the Premiership and now on the international scene.
“That just boosts his profile but we signed him on a longer term deal earlier in the season then renegotiated it again recently because the intention is for him to remain with us.
“We understand there will be a time where it is right for him to move on but that is not now.
“I don’t want to get dragged into that because he has had a couple of good games for Scotland but he is going to do very well in his career.”
Northern Ireland international Niall McGinn won’t feature for the Dons in today’s match against St Johnstone at Pittodrie due to a groin injury but the Aberdeen manager says he remains in contention for the Scottish Cup semi-final against Motherwell on April 14.
McInnes added: “Niall will miss St Johnstone and he will probably miss Tuesday’s league game at Motherwell.
“He has not been ruled out for next Saturday’s match at Hearts.
“Hopefully he will return to training towards the end of next week.
“The feeling is he will be fine for the semi-final.”
Chidi Nwakali is also a doubt for today’s match with a groin injury but goalkeeper Joe Lewis (knee) could return.