Real Madrid rejects Mourinho contract allegations

It was not immediately possible to reach Di Maria's representatives for a comment.

Angel Di Maria has been fined €2million and handed a one-year prison sentence, which he will not be required to serve, after admitting two counts of tax fraud in a plea agreement with Spanish prosecutors.

El Confidencial reported that Di Maria circumvented the taxman by transferring his image rights to Panama based offshore company Sunpex Corporation Inc.

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.

Di Maria moved to Real Madrid in 2010 and quit the club for United four years later, staying just a year in England before moving to Paris.

Also previous year, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of tax fraud and given 21-month sentences, which will likely be suspended.

In Spain, sentences of under two-years are often suspended if the convicted person has no previous criminal record.

The claims against Mourinho come amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving football players in Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under Mourinho at Real Madrid, has been called to testify on July 31 over allegations that he hid £12.9m income from tax authorities.

The statement also said that Mourinho had received a certificate from the authorities confirming that he was "up to date with all his tax obligations".

Ronaldo faces no formal charge at this stage and is appearing in court as an "investigated person" and could be fined as much as £37m if he is found guilty.

  • Julie Sanders