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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Mourinho refutes Spanish tax claim as real aim to keep Ron'

Perez 'not contemplating' Ronaldo's exit from Real

Manchester United manager is facing a probe into his tax affairs during his time as Real Madrid boss. Photo: Getty Images
Manchester United manager is facing a probe into his tax affairs during his time as Real Madrid boss. Photo: Getty Images

Jose Mourinho's representatives have released documents to show he "was in compliance with all his tax obligations" after it emerged Spanish prosecutors have filed a complaint accusing the Portuguese coach of committing two crimes of tax fraud to the sum of 3.3 million euros (£2.9m) during his time as Real Madrid coach.

A statement from the Attorney General's Office confirmed that the Madrid Prosecutor's Office had lodged the papers, relating to 2011 and 2012, with the municipal court.

The investigation was opened after the Spanish tax authorities informed the Public Prosecutor's Office about perceived discrepancies in the data, with a Madrid judge now set to determine the next stage of the process.

However, Mourinho's representatives Gestifute Media issued a statement yesterday evening saying their client had "not received any notification" of the actions by the authorities in Spain, as well as circulating a copy of an official tax document dated July 3, 2015 which covered the periods in question.

Declared

Mourinho guided Real Madrid to the 2011/12 LaLiga title, returning to manage Chelsea after leaving the Bernabeu in June 2013 before taking over as Manchester United boss last summer.

Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: PA
Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: PA

"Jose Mourinho has not received any notification with regards to the news published today. To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process," the statement from Gestifute Media read.

"Jose Mourinho, who lived in Spain from June 2010 until May 2013, paid more than €26million in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41 per cent, and accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years of 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement agreement regarding 2013.

"The Spanish Government in turn, through the Tax Department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations."

Spanish authorities have also recently filed papers against Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who is accused of evading tax of some €14.7m by hiding income from image rights. The Portugal forward has strenuously denied the allegations and threatened to quit the country.

Last year, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty of tax evasion on the Argentina international's image rights, with more than €4m owed in back payments.

Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing, while Real Madrid released a statement saying they had "full confidence" in their player and were "absolutely convinced that (he) will prove his total innocence".

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Photo: AFP
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Photo: AFP

As a result of the probe, Ronaldo has threatened to leave Real, despite the club's newly re-elected president Florentino Perez "not contemplating" Ronaldo leaving the European champions, despite talk of the disgruntled star returning to Manchester United.

The reigning Ballon d'Or and Best FIFA Men's Player award winner is believed to feel singled out for disproportionate treatment by the prosecutors.

The allegations were denied in a statement by Ronaldo's management company Gestifute but the situation has stuck in the craw for Ronaldo, leading the Portugal captain to tell those close to him that he wants to quit the club and the country.

United have been strongly linked with a move for their former forward, but Perez is not thinking about the possibility of Real losing their talisman.

"I want to talk with him," the long-serving Real president said. "I have a good relationship with him after working together for eight years.

"I will talk with him when the Confederations Cup has finished.

"I'm not contemplating that Cristiano will leave. Right now he is a Madrid player.

Odd

"Something very odd will have to happen for him to go. And I'm not contemplating that, especially without speaking with him."

Free-spending Paris St Germain have also been linked with a player that Perez insists there have been no bids for, nor he says has there been any offers for Alvaro Morata or James Rodriguez.

"I've not spoken with Nasser (Al-Khelaifi, PSG president) or with anybody," Perez said. "We've not received offers for him (Ronaldo), Morata or James. And neither have we made any offers for anybody."

United's former Real boss Mourinho is keen to sign Morata as the Red Devils target three or four high-quality summer acquisitions.

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