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The BBC has confirmed that Gary Lineker has signed a new contract that will keep him at the corporation until 2025.

The former England captain will continue as Match Of The Day host, a programme he first presented back in 1999 as well as fronting the BBC’s coverage of the FA Cup, major football tournaments and BBC Sports Personality Of The Year. The new deal involves a reduction of 23 per cent in his pay.

On the new deal, Lineker says: “I love working with the BBC, and am very proud to continue to be a part of their outstanding football team. I’m looking forward to the next five years - with a European Championship and World Cup on the horizon, it’s exciting times for me and the team.”

Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport, adds: “Gary is the outstanding football presenter of his time. The BBC is extremely pleased to have him leading our coverage so exceptionally, for another five years.”

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