Gary Lineker 'to front' BT Sport's Champions League coverage after taking BBC pay cut

The Match of the Day host's new deal will allow him to take on other roles

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Gary Lineker has taken a pay cut to front BT Sport's Champions League coverage from next season, according to reports.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Match of the Day host Lineker's new non-exclusive contract with the BBC will enable him to take roles with other networks.

BT Sport paid £897million for three years' worth of coverage, and will hold a press conference next Tuesday to unveil its line-up.

Lineker is expected to join the team which includes the recently retired Rio Ferdinand and Jake Humphrey.

Humphrey revealed he has signed a four-year extension to his contract with BT on his official website.

He wrote: "I’m over the moon to commit my future to BT Sport for the next four years, and become part of the their team hosting the Champions League next season.

"From August, for the next three season, BT Sport will be the only place that you can see live Champions League football.

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BT Sports presenter Jake Humphrey

"It’s been quite a journey from London Road to the Nou Camp, via kids TV, the world's F1 circuits and Premier League grounds. And I feel incredibly blessed to have enjoyed such adventure.

"Next season, as well as hosting Champions League matches, I will continue to present our Premier League games, and the FA Cup, and I really hope you’ll join us for the ride – if you haven’t already."

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