Sunday, 20 November 2011

Gary Lineker wants a new London home

His television show might be moving to the north-west, but Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has his eye on a new house in the Capital

Football presenter Gary Lineker and wife Danielle are looking to set down roots in London again after several years enjoying the green surrounds of Surrey.
However, the former Barcelona and Spurs striker has revealed that the couple will very likely keep their £2.6 million five-bedroom family home in Esher, not least because he regards it as “one of the best places on Earth”.
“Both Danielle and I have a lot going on in London right now, so it makes more sense for us to be in the city," Lineker says. "I’m getting a little tired of the A3 at this stage, plus a lot of our friends are based in the capital now so it’d be great to be close to them.”
The move may come as a surprise to some, who had seen the Linekers take Esher to their hearts.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s a stunning part of the world,” Lineker explains. “The countryside is so lush and there are so many picturesque towns and villages that have character and charm in abundance.
“So it’s for those reasons that we’ll keep a base here in Esher, I think, as we couldn’t give it all up.
Despite all this, London is calling. “You can’t beat the beauty of the Surrey countryside; there’s nothing like it. But given the choice, I’d say I prefer the buzz of city life, so we’ll be looking at our options over the next few months.”
Lineker’s return to London will at least scotch a couple of other rumours floating around. The first suggested he may follow Match Of The Day north to MediaCity UK, the site of the BBC’s new HQ in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester; while another bit of gossip suggested the 50-year-old was set to quit the flagship football show altogether.
“I’m definitely not quitting, nor am I venturing to Salford. I think I can handle a few hours on the motorway each week. And besides, I need to keep in touch with Surrey, because all of my favourite golf courses are here, and anything that affects my golf often turns out to be a deal breaker."
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