Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon has denied being a ‘naughty boy’ after claiming he was the victim of an orchestrated plot to make him pay €30m in compensation.
The 25-year-old is under investigation by Italian police for allegedly embezzling €2.8m from his former employer.
A report by prosecutors said he used his position as Juventus’ chief executive to secure €30 million in loans for the club.
In his first public comments since the investigation began, Buffon said he did not know the full details of the alleged plot.
“I have nothing left on my conscience,” he said.
“I am not a naughty boy, and I have nothing to hide.”
A statement from the Juventus president said the club “disagrees with the conclusions of the investigation”.
“We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate situation, but will not allow it to influence our work and our approach to the task at hand,” the statement said.
“As a team we will continue to work together and we will not be intimidated.”
The Juventus midfielder has scored 23 goals in 31 appearances for Juventus this season.
He has played in four Champions League group stage games for Juventus and scored twice.
Buffon has been in the spotlight since a string of high-profile arrests in recent months, including the arrests of former Liverpool midfielder Jurgen Klopp and ex-Manchester United striker David De Gea.
Last year, Juventus and its owners sold its stake in Juventus Stadium and the club was fined €2 million.