When Gary Lineker made the bold promise to present next season’s first Match of the Day in his pants if Leicester City won the Premier League, the former striker did so in the confidence that their chances were extremely slim.
However, some four months on from his vow and the 55-year-old faces having to follow through with his pledge, with his beloved Foxes just three points away from lifting the title.
Quite how Leicester have managed such a feat is remarkable, but after closest rivals Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw by West Brom on Monday night, a win for Claudio Ranieri’s men against Manchester United on Sunday would see them crowned as champions.
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And it seems Lineker has come to realise the error of his ways. According to the Daily Mail, he has spoken to Match of the Day chiefs about backing out of his promise.
Speaking to the Radio Times, he said: "You’ll have to wait and see. I’ve kind of said I’ll have to do it.
“The conversation’s been had. I’ve told them many times, ‘Please tell me I can’t do it’.
“When I sent the tweet in December I categorically knew there was zero chance that (Leicester) would win.
“I’m in good shape. For an old b*****d. I’ll probably work out for the two weeks beforehand very, very hard.”
Lineker faces the wrath of football fans if he does indeed pull out of his pledge, but it seems he has come to terms with the fact he has no choice.
However, let's not forget that Leicester still have it all to do with three difficult games remaining of their incredible season.
They travel to Old Trafford on Sunday without Jamie Vardy - who was handed an extra match ban for improper conduct against West Ham earlier this month - and then face Everton at home on May 7.
Should the Foxes fail to win either game, an away clash with Chelsea on the final day of the season offers them one last chance to finish above Tottenham, who are currently seven points adrift.
Leicester’s form suggests it won’t take them that long, though, following their thumping 4-0 win over Swansea on Sunday, in which PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez starred and scored.
The Algerian has been sensational this campaign, with his 17 goals and 11 assists playing a huge role in the Foxes’ success. They now face a battle to keep him at the King Power Stadium, with Barcelona and Arsenal reported suitors.
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