Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez calls Cristiano Ronaldo situation 'strange'

Those include Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been summoned to testify on 31 July in a case in which he is accused of hiding income from tax authorities.

Spanish prosecutors said today they had filed a claim against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012.

Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros (12.87 million pounds) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014.

Real Madrid was not immediately available for comment on the allegations against Mourihno or Ronaldo's hearing.

"I haven't spoken with Cristiano, I learnt about it because of what came out in the newspapers".

However, when speaking publicly on Monday having ran unopposed to return as president for the next four years, Perez did not reference Ronaldo when discussing the current state of Los Blancos.

There have been suggestions today that once they dealt with Barcelona, they were always coming for Real Madrid.

A four-time Ballon d'Or victor, the 32-year-old Ronaldo is the top European soccer player.

Asked about potential clubs Ronaldo could join, Perez said: "I'm not contemplating Ronaldo leaving". "That's why I will speak with him when he gets back and see what's up", Perez told Spanish radio Onda Cero late Monday. What I will say is that everyone must fulfil their tax obligations.

Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016.

And Manchester United stopper David De Gea has been mooted as the La Liga giants' top target to fill in between the sticks.

  • Julie Sanders