Millwall have today confirmed that long-serving midfielder Jimmy Abdou is to leave the club and re-join former club Martigues. The 33-year-old spent last season on loan at AFC Wimbledon, but has been on the books at The Den since 2008.
Abdou began his professional career at Martigues, as clearly expressed a desire to return home as he begins to dwindle down his playing career. Martigues play in the Championnat National 2 Group A, where they finished ten points off winning promotion. Millwall today lose a club legend.
The fans’ favourite played five times for the club in Wembley finals, two of which resulted in promotions. However, from July 1st, he will become a Martigues player once again. Whilst it isn’t a great shock to see him leave, considering he hasn’t played in the Millwall first-team for over a year, he will still be sorely missed.
He also played a major part in ensuring AFC Wimbledon remained a Sky Bet League One club last season, helping them avoid relegation under manager Neal Ardley. He made 39 appearances for them, netting two goals, the most recent coming in the January away victory at Bradford City.
In total, Abdou played 340 matches in the famous Millwall jersey, with fans likely to have their own personal memory of the midfielder. Should you wish to express any of those, then please use the comments box below to air your opinion! The official Millwall site highlights his goal versus Leeds in the 2009 play-offs as a particularly strong point from his stint with the club.