Gary Lineker sends message to BT Sport after leaving Champions League coverage

Gary Lineker has sent a message to BT Sport following his departure as the broadcaster begins its coverage of the new Champions League campaign.

Lineker quit BT Sport in May, announcing on Twitter that the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City would be his last game.

The Match of the Day host was offered a renewal by the broadcaster of the European competition but decided to use his free time to pursue other endeavours.

And he has now taken to Twitter to wish his old colleagues at BT Sport good luck as this evening saw Europe’s elite sides clash for the first time this season.

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He wrote: “Good luck to the brilliant team at @BTSport with this season’s Champions League coverage.

“You’ll do your customary wonderful job.”

Lineker spent six years presenting BT’s Champions League show where he was joined by pundits such as Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Peter Crouch.

Replacing the former England and Tottenham Hotspur striker as the frontman for the coverage now is Jake Humphrey, who has been a presenter with BT since 2013.

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Lineker revealed previously that he would instead be travelling around Europe with his sons to watch former club Leicester City in his now free time as they begin their Europa League campaign.

He told Leicestershire Live: “We already have made plans just this morning on the group chat.

“We will definitely be in Napoli, but Moscow is tricky as there are so many visas. There will be trips and hopefully when we get to the knockout there will be more.

“Not going to make every game but if they went all the way I’d certainly be at the vast majority.”

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