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Alla Zakarian

28-08-2020 | 15:49 Football
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Harry Maguire sends message to Manchester United over captaincy


Harry Maguire has thanked Manchester United for the support they have offered. The United captain was arrested and then found guilty of charges including resisting arrest, aggravated assault and bribery after a brawl on the Greek island. MEN Sport understands United do not plan to strip Maguire of the captaincy right. The 27-year-old has explained how supportive the Old Trafford club have been. In an interview with BBC Sport editor Dan Roan, Maguire said: "You see a lot of reports going around and it's such a huge honour to be captain of Manchester United, something I'm really proud of. It's a massive privilege to even play for the club, never mind be a captain. Obviously it's not my decision to make, but one thing I will say is how supportive the club have been from top to bottom, they've been great with me and I thank them for that. "It means everything. Obviously it's been such a difficult time. My main focus is obviously family but the next best thing closest to my family is football. Playing for Manchester United is something I love and the club has been great with me." Maguire also admitted he accepted Gareth Southgate's decision to withdraw him from the England squad, which was announced the same day as his guilty verdict was reached. "Yeah I understand, obviously I'm disappointed," he added. "I love playing for my country. I'm physically good I'm mentally strong, mentally I feel like I can get over this. I'm a strong lad. I'm ready to play, so I'm disappointed but of course I understand." Asked if he regrets going to Mykonos and putting himself in view of the public, Maguire responded: "No, I think it could have happened anywhere. I love Greece, I love the people there, I've been to six, seven, eight Greek islands, I go most years on my time off. Me and my family love Greece, so I don't feel like I did 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, and anywhere."
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