EXCLUSIVE: ‘He’s not going to sign’: Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar is ‘turning down’ Strictly Come Dancing – because it means working Premier League matchdays!
Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar is going to slip through the fingers Strictly come to the dance bosses after turning down the chance to appear on the show later this year.
BBC producers spoke to the 64-year-old last month to sign him up for this year’s show.
But MailOnline can reveal that the Zimbabwean, known for his goal-line spaghetti-footed manoeuvre, is rejecting the offer after admitting to friends that he will miss watching football at the weekend.
Nothing happens: Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar is set to slip through the fingers of Strictly Come Dancing bosses after turning down the chance to appear on the show
A source said: “It’s scary bosses are at a loss because he was at the top of their list. But when Bruce looked at what would happen to his weekend, he worried that he wouldn’t be able to watch his favorite football club, Liverpool.
“He also has a job at the stadium on match days, hosting fans, which he would have to give up to take part in the show.”
The source added: “Maybe he’d like to do it in the future, but he’s not going to sign on at the moment.
Unusual footwork: BBC producers spoke to the 64-year-old last month to sign him up for this year’s show (picture)
“The only thing that can change his mind is a big package of money. But there is a limit to how far the BBC can go.’
Bruce’s disdain may be one of the reasons BBC producers switched their focus to Tony Adams.
The former Arsenal and England defender is on the shortlist of stars the show wants to attract, according to reports today.
Not a chance: But MailOnline can reveal the Zimbabwean is turning down the offer after admitting to friends he’ll miss watching the football at the weekend
Coming soon: Although the show’s producers have yet to confirm the cast, Tony Adams is said to be in talks
A source revealed: “Every year the producers have a certain type of personality in mind for the programme. This year, they want a murky legend that older viewers can relate to and get behind.
“Bruce has marked everyone, but so has Tony Adams, so they want to talk to him and try to sign him up.
“Tony is very funny and viewers may be surprised to see a different side of him when he appears on the programme.”
The upcoming series will be the first in three years to be broadcast without the Covid measures which have forced bosses to introduce restrictions including training ‘bubbles’ and limited audiences.
On the field! During his career, Tony played for both Arsenal and England (pictured during the 1998 World Cup)