DANNY Shittu believes his decision to turn down a call up to Nigeria's African Cup of Nations squad underlines his long-term commitment to Millwall.
Shittu's contract with the Lions expires at the end of the season but the centre-back says he would "love to" extend it further – with talks expected to take place later this year.
NewsAtDen understands that manager Kenny Jackett is planning to discuss new deals with various players in March, and does not want to prioritise one set of negotiations over another before then.
Stand-in captain Shittu rejected the chance to play for the Super Eagles in the finals tournament in South Africa this month because he felt he could not leave Millwall at a crucial stage of the season.
He said: "To turn down my country to stay at Millwall shows what it means for me to be here – and I want people to know that. I'd love to stay and my contract will sort itself out when the time comes.
"But that will all stay between my agent and the club. I am just focused on staying fit and being in the team. I want to lead the team when I'm captain and win games.
"Everybody knows how much I love playing for my country so for me to have to make that decision was hard. I felt it was the right decision but I wish them the best of luck.
"My focus is to work hard for Millwall and win as many games as we can. I've played a lot of games this season so it was nothing to do with fitness or playing too much.
"It was just a personal thing and about where my heart lay. It was a decision that was right for me, having spoken to my friends and family."
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