Jose Mourinho faces accusation of tax fraud


Spanish tax authorities are also targeting Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager who was yesterday accused of evading 3.3 million euros in tax during his stay at Real.

Di Maria, who now plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended in Spain.

Madrid president Florentino Perez stressed this week his side had no plans to sell the prized asset, but Figo insists no player or executive is bigger than the club when it comes to the Liga and European champions giants.

Gestifude, the Portuguese company that represents Ronaldo, told El Confidencial news platform that "we have differences of criteria, yes, but we are calm, because the actions of the player have always been clean and without hiding". The AS report says Ronaldo "has felt comforted by Florentino's defense".

The four-time World Player of the Year, who said last week his "conscience is clear", is threatening to leave Real Madrid over the affair.

Among the clubs reported to be interested in Ronaldo is former team Manchester United for a fee which could hit 200 million euros, with a possible get-out clause of one billion euros.

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The newly re-elected Perez also rejected claims that Madrid has not done enough to defend Ronaldo against the tax evasion allegations. "I'm sure he will speak to us about what has happened [with the tax case], which has obviously affected his credibility, and we'll see what happens".

I have a good relationship and a good friendship with Cristiano and I want to talk to him.

Ronaldo is now on global duty with Portugal at the Confederations Cup, but, according to the report, has told his teammates that Perez's words were "better late than never" and have conveniently led to him having a change of heart.

"The whole thing is very odd because Cristiano Ronaldo is a great guy, both as a player and a person".

Ronaldo is at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, playing for Portugal.

Why are Spanish football stars in legal trouble? 'We have not had an offer for Cristiano. If Cristiano wants to leave Madrid, it will not be for money.