Aberdeen await contract response from Kari Arnason

Aberdeen midfielder Kari Arnason
Arnason has been a key player for Aberdeen this season

Aberdeen insist they are still awaiting a response from Iceland midfielder Kari Arnason about their offer of a new contract beyond the summer.

Manager Craig Brown was responding to a press report suggesting that the 29-year-old had rejected the deal.

But Brown stressed that they had not heard from Arnason either way.

Arnason, capped 17 times for his country, joined the Dons in the summer after leaving Plymouth Argyle following that club's financial problems.

The former Vikingur, Djurgarden and Aarhus player, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has become a key figure in Brown's side, playing both in central midfield and as cover at the heart of the defence.

Meanwhile, Brown has insisted that he has not asked any of his fringe players to find new clubs.

"Regarding the stories in the papers saying no-one will leave, I have not asked anyone to leave," he told his club website.

"I have asked one or two who are on the fringe of things how they are feeling and, if their agent wanted to get them a regular game, that would be ok.

"I have not sat down with a player and said I want you to go.

"It is not as it has been reported that I am trying to kick people out."

Brown did, however, indicate that departures would be required before he is able to add new signings during January.

"We have a squad here that is tight - we cannot afford to lose players," he said.

"But, if we do, and it is a big if, we can then bring in reinforcements.

"At the moment, I am resigned to the fact I will have to work with what we have and make what we have better.

"That is the job of myself and the coaching staff."