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Gary Lineker joins LaLigaTV in multi-year deal after quitting BT Sport Champions League coverage

Gary Lineker has joined the line-up of LaLigaTV to cover the Spanish league (Picture: BBC)

Pundit Gary Lineker has inked a brand new multi-year deal to present on LaLigaTV shortly after leaving his position covering the Champions League on BT Sport.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Gary, 60, had quit BT Sport after six years of presenting the Champions League on the channel.

The former England captain explained at the time that he wanted to ‘follow Leicester across Europe’ with his sons.

The former FC Barcelona striker is indeed heading to Europe with his next role, as he’s set to cover Spanish football for the 2021/22 season and further into the future on LaLigaTV.

The multi-year agreement will see Gary present key football fixtures on the channel while also making appearances on the VIVA LaLiga studio programme, which is broadcast live from Barcelona.

Gary said he was ‘thrilled’ to join the channel, having watched it regularly for the past two seasons.

‘I’m thrilled to become a part of LaLigaTV, a channel I’ve watched every weekend for the last two seasons,’ he said.

‘I have fond memories of my time playing in Spain and very much look forward to sharing the excitement of LaLiga with viewers in the UK and elsewhere.’

Melcior Soler, Audiovisual Director at LaLiga, expressed his excitement over Gary joining the line-up of presenters.

‘Adding Gary Lineker to our talent pool is really exciting for LaLiga fans,’ he said.

‘He has a vast portfolio of presenting experience and an in-depth knowledge of Spanish football. We look forward to witnessing the expertise, energy and passion he will bring to LaLigaTV.’

From 1986 to 1989, Gary played in LaLiga as a striker for FC Barcelona, during which time he also represented England.

In 1989, Gary left FC Barcelona to join Tottenham Hotspur for a further three years, playing for Nagoya Grampus in Japan from 1992 to 1994 before his retirement.

Five years after retiring from professional football, Gary became the host of BBC’s Match of the Day.

On Twitter, Gary said he was ‘delighted to join’ LaLigaTV as numerous football fans congratulated him on his new role.

Credit: Original article published here.

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