Harry Maguire thanked Manchester United for their support in the aftermath of the incident in Mykonos last week.
The United captain was arrested and later found guilty of charges including resisting arrest, aggravated assault and corruption after a disturbance on the Greek island, although after being convicted his legal team filed an appeal on Wednesday, overturning the sentence in accordance with Greek law.
MEN Sport understands that United have no plans to deprive Maguire of their captain right now, and the 27-year-old explained how supportive the Old Trafford club has been.
In an interview with BBC Sport editor Dan Roan, Maguire fully addressed the incident and reiterated his belief that he is innocent of all charges. He was also asked about his role as United captain.
Maguire said: “You see a lot of news out there and it’s a great honor to be captain of Manchester United, something I’m really proud of. It’s a huge privilege to play for the club too, let alone be a captain. Obviously it’s not my decision. but one thing I will say is how supportive the club has been from top to bottom, they have been great to me and I thank them for that.
“It means everything. Obviously it was such a difficult time. My main focus is obviously family, but the closest thing to my family is football. Playing for Manchester United is something I love and the club has been fantastic with myself”.
Maguire also admitted that he accepted Gareth Southgate’s decision to withdraw him from the England squad, which was announced on the same day his guilty verdict was reached.
“Yes, I understand, obviously I’m disappointed,” he added. “I love playing for my country. I’m physically good, mentally strong, mentally I feel like I can get over this. I’m a strong guy. I’m ready to play, so I’m disappointed but Sure I understand.”
Asked if he regrets going to Mykonos and putting himself in public view, Maguire replied, “No, I think it could have happened anywhere. I love Greece, I love people there, I’ve been to six, seven, eight. Greek Islands, I go almost every year in my free time. My family and I love Greece, so I don’t feel like I’ve done anything different. I’ve been to Mykonos before and had a great time.
“I found myself in a situation where it could have happened to anyone, anywhere.”