Gary Lineker will be leaving his position hosting BT Sport's Champions League broadcast to follow Leicester in Europe next season.
The former England captain and striker for Leicester, Tottenham and Barclona and the BBC's Match of the Day host has offered the channel's broadcast for six years but is stepping down despite being offered a new deal to stay. The final match between Chelsea and Manchester City will be the Champions League final on Saturday.
“I would like to thank BT Sport for the generous offer of renewal, but after much thought I decided to call it a day,” Lineker wrote on Twitter. “I always feel that the time has come to do what I promised myself I would do: to follow Leicester across Europe with my sons [how many opportunities will we have?].”
Leicester will play in the Premier League next season after finishing fifth in a row for the second time in the Europa League again. 2020 – 32 – 21 competition before being knocked out by Slavia Prague.
A tweet from BT Sport: “Thanks so much for everything, Gary! A legend of a game and a legend of broadcasting. We will miss you, enjoy your days out! ”
Lineker, who turned 60 in November, is among the BBC's highest paid presenters. In September 2020 it was announced that he signed a new five-year contract with the publisher 23% with a salary cut – from £175m to about £1. 35 m. He has four sons from his first wife, Michelle Cockayne.