Gary Lineker has reportedly been snubbed from presenting the BBC’s new Champions League highlights programme next season, bringing into question his future on Match of the Day.

The BBC signed a groundbreaking three-year deal back in 2022 to broadcast highlights from Europe’s elite club competition from the start of the 2024-25 campaign, with 16 shows planned on Wednesday evenings across the season.

However, according to The Telegraph, despite Lineker hosting the BBC’s flagship football show, Match of the Day, he won’t be a part of their new programme.

Given he had previously presented BT Sport’s Champions League coverage, Lineker was seen as a frontrunner for the role, but the report goes onto claim that Gabby Logan has instead been picked by BBC bosses.

Lineker has just 12 months remaining on his £1.35m-a-year deal at the BBC and this latest development adds further uncertainty to his future with the corporation. 

Gary Lineker has reportedly been snubbed from presenting the BBC’s new Champions League highlights programme next season

There was already a lack of clarity over whether this would be extended after his suspension from Match of the Day last year, which caused several of his fellow pundits to strike in solidarity, something that embarrassed leading BBC figures. 

The report goes onto add that the BBC did hold talks with Lineker over their new Champions League highlights show, but failed to make him a formal offer. 

It is understood that his busy schedule, which includes his hugely successful Rest is Football podcast, coupled with his lack of desire to travel up to BBC’s Salford studio for midweek programmes, have played a role in the decision.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph go onto report how Lineker’s future is in the hands of BBC director general Tim Davie.

 

 

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