Gary Lineker joins BT Sport

Gary Lineker has joined BT Sport.

Lineker has signed a new non-exclusive deal with the BBC that will allow him to present for both broadcasters.

Lineker will join Rio Ferdinand and Jake Humphrey on the presenting team for BT’s Champions League coverage from next season.

He tweeted: “Thrilled to tell you, I’ll be presenting @ChampionsLeague football next season on @btsport.”

The retired footballer’s new deal with the BBC has ensured that he will remain on Match of the Day and other programmes until at least 2020.

It has been reported that Lineker agreed a BBC pay-cut to allow him to present for BT Sport alongside his current commitments.

John Petter, chief executive of BT Consumer, said: “This is a new chapter for European football on TV. BT Sport will show hundreds of live matches throughout the tournament using the very latest technology.

“Our presenters and experts will also provide the smartest insight and analysis.”

The BT Sport punditry team already includes Paul Scholes, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman and Owen Hargreaves, as well as new signings Steven Gerrard, Harry Redknapp, Glenn Hoddle and Howard Webb.