Gary Lineker quits BT Sport despite offer with Champions League final last show

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Gary Lineker has quit BT Sport, announcing on Twitter that the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be his last game.

It comes despite the Match of the Day host being offered a renewal by the broadcaster of the European competition.

Writing on Twitter, the presenter 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."

Messages quickly poured in for the former Leicester and Tottenham forward, with pundit and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand taking to Twitter.

"Been an honour to share the stage with you," the BT Sport star said.

"One more Last Dance (Until this summer)."

This refers to Lineker's lead role on the BBC coverage of Euro 2020.

While the broadcaster shared their own message on the social media channel, with: "Thanks so much for everything, Gary!

"A legend of the game, and a legend of broadcasting. We’ll miss you, enjoy your away days!"

Lineker, who has been presenting BBC's flagship Premier League highlights show since 1999, took the helm at BT Sport six years ago.

He is regularly joined by pundits such as Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Peter Crouch.

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