There could be pain in Spain as Mourhino faces tax charges

Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, among others, have already been convicted.

Pepe says his Portugal and Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo can handle the pressure of the tax-evasion scandal clouding his club future. The 54-year-old Mourinho was Real Madrid coach from 2010-13.

However, Real may be reluctant to sell Diaz should Morata's rumored £78 million move to Manchester United go ahead.

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

In three years with Real Madrid, Mourinho won La Liga (2012) and the Spanish Cup (2011).

The tax storm has followed him to Russian Federation and Ronaldo's future is the hot subject at each Portugal press conference, but Pepe says he is focused on the job.

Di Maria is, like Ronaldo and Mourinho, a client of the Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes, who himself has been summoned to appear before the court at Pozuelo de Alarcon, just outside Madrid, on June 27. A judge will then decide if there are grounds to charge him with a crime.

Madrid's regional state prosecutor has alleged the Portugal player "intentionally" did not declare income of €28.4m related to image rights, and declared €11.5m of earnings from 2011-14 when his real income was nearly €43m.

Ronaldo denies the accusations and is threatening to leave Spain.

Madrid are unlikely to commit to selling the Spain worldwide while there remains a possibility that Ronaldo could leave.

Mourinho has now issued a statement (via BBC Sport Editor Dan Roan) in which he insists he's never been concacted by the Spanish tax authorities and stressed that during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu he paid more than €26million in taxes.

The case relates to the 29-year-old's image rights in 2012 and 2013, and he has agreed to repay £1.14million as well as a 60% fine.

Di Maria has pleaded guilty to the two charges, which each carry a six-month sentence, but the Argentina worldwide will not serve jail time as sentences below two years in length are normally suspended under Spanish law for first-time offenders.

  • Julie Sanders