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Gary Lineker joins LaLigaTV as new lead presenter

Gary Lineker joins LaLigaTV as new lead presenter
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Gary Lineker is unveiled as a new main host on Spanish football channel LaLigaTV starting with the new season.

Former Barcelona striker Gary Lineker has joined the presenting team at LaLigaTV in a new multi-year deal starting with the new season.

The 60-year-old left BT Sport, where he presented coverage of the Champions League, at the end of last season in order to follow his beloved Leicester City side in their 2021-22 Europa League campaign.

Now Lineker has agreed to a new gig which will see him anchor coverage of major La Liga games for the LaLigaTV channel in addition to regular appearances on the studio discussion programme VIVA LaLiga.

"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, added: "Adding Gary Lineker to our talent pool is really exciting for LaLiga fans. 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."

Lineker will continue his job as host of the BBC's flagship Match of the Day alongside his new role at LaLigaTV.

Launched in the UK and Ireland last year, LaLigaTV offers complete coverage of the Spanish top flight and second tier and is available through a Premier Sports subscription on Sky and Virgin, or as a separate add-on through Amazon Prime Video.

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