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Scholes signs shock double deal to enter pundit game

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One of the shock deals of the summer has been announced with both ITV and BT Sport signing up Paul Scholes as a pundit for the forthcoming season.

Scholes was notoriously camera-averse during his playing days and has been rarely seen on our screens since retiring last summer, but he has joined BT and ITV in deals announced on Tuesday.

BT were the first to unveil the former Manchester United midfielder, who won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles amongst other trophies during his time at Old Trafford, on a four-year deal.

Then ITV confirmed Scholes would be joining their live Champions League coverage for the coming season.

Niall Sloane, director of sport, said: “Having won the competition twice with Manchester United and played a key role in their European campaigns from the 1990s until his retirement in 2013, Paul brings his phenomenal expertise and insight to our team and we’re all looking forward to working with him this season.”

Scholes made one memorable appearance on Sky Sports last season as he absolutely savaged Arsenal, and midfielder Jack Wilshere, in March.

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But he will not be performing alongside long-time team-mate Gary Neville in the Sky studios next season, having taken on a role with two of their rivals instead.

Scholes also writes a regular column for Paddy Power.

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