Gary Lineker QUITS BT Sport after Champions League final – to watch Leicester in Europa League with sons

GARY Lineker has quit BT Sport to follow his beloved Leicester City in Europe next season with his sons.

The England football legend, 60, announced the move on Twitter this evening after joining the channel in 2015 to present their live Champions League coverage.


Tomorrow's European Cup final between Manchester City and Chelsea will be Lineker's last with the broadcaster.

The presenter said he has quit the role to follow his former club Leicester City around Europe with his kids.

In a statement tonight, Lineker said: "Porto's mouth-watering all-English final this weekend will be my final Champions League show for BT Sport.

"I've loved hosting the best club tournament in world football and I'm genuinely proud of being part of their truly groundbreaking coverage over the past 6 years.

"I would like to thank BT Sport for the generous renewal offer, but after much thought, I have decided to call it a day.

"I feel it's time to do things that I've always promised myself I'd do: such as follow Leicester across Europe with my sons (how many opportunities will we have?).

"A big thank you to everyone at BT Sport, both in front of the camera and behind. You're one hell of a team.


"It's been a joy working with you. Well played."

The lifelong Leicester City fan has four sons from his marriage to first wife Michelle.

He scored 95 league goals for Leicester between 1978 and 1985 before moving onto Everton, Barcelona, Spurs and Japanese side Nagoya Grampus.

Lineker scored 48 goals in 80 appearances for England between 1984 and 1992 and was also top scorer at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

The former Four Lions captain will continue in his role for the BBC where he has presented Match of the Day since 1999.  

Leicester City, managed by ex-Liverpool and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification this season.

The side, who won the Premier League in 2016, will compete in the Europa League next season after finishing fifth, one point behind Chelsea in fourth place.

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