Gary Lineker is due to leave his role as BT Sport’s Champions League cover host to follow Leicester to Europe as a fan next season.
The former England captain and Leicester, Tottenham and Barclona striker and BBC Match of the Day host featured the channel’s coverage for six years, but he resigns despite being offered a new deal for stay. His last game will be Saturday’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City.
“I would like to thank BT Sport for the generous renewal offer but after much consideration I have decided to call it a day,” Lineker wrote on Twitter. “I feel it’s time to do things I always promised myself to do: like following Leicester across Europe with my sons [how many opportunities will we have?]. «
Leicester are set to play in the Europa League again next season after finishing fifth in the Premier League for the second year in a row. They reached the last 32 of the 2020-21 competition before being eliminated by Slavia Prague.
A tweet from BT Sport said: “Thank you very much for everything Gary! A legend of the game and a legend of broadcasting. We will miss you, make the most of your days away! ”
Lineker, who turned 60 in November, is among the BBC’s highest paid presenters. It was announced in September 2020 that he had signed a new five-year contract with the broadcaster, with a 23% pay cut -om £ 1.75million to around £ 1.35million. He has four sons with his first wife Michelle Cockayne.