Gianluigi Buffon has rubbished rumours claiming he has fallen out with Juventus team-mate Medhi Benatia, accusing the media of attempting to manufacture division.
Reports in Italy suggested the pair were involved in an argument in the aftermath of the 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Sunday which trimmed the champions’ lead atop Serie A to one point.
Fingers were pointed at Benatia for failing to prevent Kalidou Koulibaly from heading home a 90th-minute winner.
The veteran goalkeeper insists he has no issues with Benatia, slamming the reports as “false gossip”.
“It attempts to destabilise an environment and undermine the confidence and togetherness of a group,” Buffon told Juventus TV.
“As normal as this is and as something that has always happened since I’ve been at Juventus, I find it both logical and correct to speak up and that is what I’ve done.
“Nobody, at least in my 17 years at Juventus, has taken it upon themselves to point the finger at another team-mate, blaming them for a defeat, and this will never happen while I am captain of this team.”