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Midfielder to 'sit down' for Millwall talks after play-off final

JIMMY Abdou wants to extend his stay at Millwall – but he is putting thoughts about his future on hold until after the League One play-off final against Bradford.

Abdou had played just four times this year before Lions boss Neil Harris restored him to the side for the last League One game of the season against Bristol Rovers. He then played both legs as Millwall knocked Scunthorpe out in the play-off semi-finals.

Thirty-two-year-old Abdou joined Millwall from Plymouth in 2008, and his appearance in the 3-2 win over the Iron at Glanford Park last Sunday was his 341st in a Lions shirt.

With his contract expiring this summer, it didn’t look like he had much of a playing future left at the club with Ben Thompson and Shaun Williams the first-choice partnership in midfield.

But his displays against Bristol Rovers and then in the two legs of the semi-final showed he still has a lot to offer.

“I’m approaching my 10th year, there have been a lot of ups and downs, some amazing moments,” Abdou reflected. “Hopefully this season will end with a win at Wembley.

“My position has never changed. My priority is to stay at Millwall. The last couple of weeks there have been some big games, I’ve been focused on that.

“When the season ends we can sit down and have a talk about my future.”

Abdou has also earned a testimonial, though he hasn’t yet revealed which team he would like that to be against.

He said: "I’m really happy to get a testimonial, it’s a big achievement for me and makes me really proud. But at the moment I’m more than happy to concentrate on the final and we’ll see after that.”

Abdou’s last three performances, in Millwall’s most important games of the season, also earned him the praise of his skipper, Tony Craig.

Craig said: “Jimmy is a credit to himself since he’s come back into the side. His stats are phenomenal. He’s covered every blade of grass and put in big performances as he has done on numerous occasions for us.

“For him to be out for so long and come back and play the way he has is typical Jimmy.”

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John Kelly

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