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Match of the Day host Gary Lineker signs new five-year BBC deal

The BBC has confirmed that long time Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has signed a new contract with the broadcaster.

The corporation announced that the 54-year-old, who has presented the show since 1999, has signed on for another five years as host.

Lineker shared the news on Twitter.

Philip Bernie, head of TV sport at the BBC, added: “We are delighted that Gary will continue to front the country’s favourite football programme on the BBC, as well as leading our live football coverage.

“He is the outstanding football presenter of his generation, combining great authority from his very distinguished playing career with wonderful broadcasting instincts and sharpness – making him a true star performer.”

The former England star will also continue to host of Sports Personality of the Year and the FA Cup coverage until 2020.