Gary Lineker is to depart his place as host of BT Sport’s Champions League protection to observe Leicester in Europe as a fan subsequent season.
The previous England captain and Leicester, Tottenham and Barclona striker and BBC’s Match of the Day host has introduced the channel’s protection for six years however is quitting regardless of being provided a brand new deal to remain on. His ultimate match will probably be Saturday’s Champions League ultimate between Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis.
“I wish to thank BT Sport for the beneficiant renewal provide however, after a lot thought, I’ve determined to name it a day,” Lineker wrote on Twitter. “I really feel it’s time to do issues that I’ve all the time promised myself I’d do: comparable to observe Leicester throughout Europe with my sons [how many opportunities will we have?].”
Leicester are because of play within the Europa League once more subsequent season after ending fifth within the Premier League for the second successive yr. They reached the final 32 of the 2020-21 competitors earlier than being knocked out by Slavia Prague.
A tweet from BT Sport stated: “Thanks a lot for every part, Gary! A legend of the sport, and a legend of broadcasting. We’ll miss you, take pleasure in your away days!”
Lineker, who turned 60 in November, is among the many BBC’s highest-paid presenters. It was introduced in September 2020 that he had signed a brand new five-year contract with the broadcaster, with a 23% pay reduce – from £1.75m to round £1.35m. He has 4 sons along with his first spouse Michelle Cockayne.