Ronaldo set for July court date in tax fraud case


Cristiano Ronaldo's priority is to return to Manchester United and he has asked his agent Jorge Mendes to do "everything he can" to make it happen, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .

The former United star has a release clause of one billion euros ($1.12 billion) written into his Real Madrid contract, having signed a five-year deal in November 2016.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has spoken for the first time about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo amid rumours he wants out of the Spanish capital following accusations of tax fraud. "Unless someone is willing to pay that, he will not leave", Perez told Onda Cero.

"In the days since the Champions League final no-one has offered us anything for any player and everything that has come out in the media is not true, apart from the case of Theo, which was done before", he added.

Prosecutors accuse Ronaldo, who is the world's highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine, of evading tax via two companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland.

"I still haven't spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo".

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Madrid's long-time president said the club had not received any transfer offers for Ronaldo.

However, Perez remains undisturbed by the reports and says he is "not contemplating' letting Ronaldo leave Real Madrid".

There has been speculation that Ronaldo is trying to put pressure on Real so that they will bear some of the burden of an eventual fine for tax evasion as Barcelona did for Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2.

Navas's form improved towards the end of the campaign, however, as his side won the double of the La Liga title and the Champions League. "All we know is that he's unhappy with the treatment he has had from the press, who have claimed that he is a tax cheat".