Mourinho denies tax evasion

Cristiano Ronaldo. Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo. Reuters

"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 said.

Falcao himself is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.6 million euros of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he was at Atletico.

According to a court document seen by AFP, Di Maria will pay around €2 million to the Spanish authorities after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud committed in 2012 and 2013 when he was a Real Madrid player.

But tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.

The summoning of Ronaldo coincided with the same Madrid-based prosecutor's office accusing Mourinho of two counts of tax fraud.

The newly re-elected Perez also rejected claims that Madrid has not done enough to defend Ronaldo against the tax evasion allegations.

And Ronaldo is accused of evading tax of 14.7m euros (£13m) from 2011 to 2014.

According to a statement from prosecutors on Tuesday, Mr Mourinho did so "with the aim of obtaining an illicit gain" and after setting up a deliberately "opaque" company structure to manage the earnings from his image rights.

Madrid president Florentino Perez stressed this week that his side had no plans to sell the prized asset, but Figo insists no player or executive is bigger than the the La Liga and European champions. Spain's Budget Minister urged media to respect the presumption of innocence regarding the four-time world player of the year.

Ronaldo supposedly likes those who are loyal to him and wants more dressing room allies in order to extend his Real stay into a ninth year.

Portugal's all-time record scorer has been linked to former club Manchester United and other top clubs after running into problems with tax authorities.

In an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Perez also said he would not speak with Ronaldo until the Confederations Cup finishes. "No offer has been received for him".

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