Ronaldo exit: Perez's interview may keep player in Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho may not be having that reunion at Old Trafford after all.

Player and president, according to the report at least, have not spoken in private, but Perez's defence of the player in the press seems to be exactly the statement Ronaldo wanted Perez to make.

A host of football stars have run into trouble in Spain over suspected tax fraud related to image rights, with Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo summoned to appear in court on July 31 to answer four counts of tax evasion of 14.7 million euros.

Ronaldo has scored 406 goals in 394 appearances for Real Madrid since joining the Madrid giants from Man United in the summer of 2009.

Florentino Perez has stressed that Cristiano Ronaldo will only leave Real Madrid if a club matches his €1billion buyout clause and has slammed those who have called the Portugal global "a delinquent" following his tax issues. He's coaching Manchester United.

All the cases involve income from image rights on endorsement side deals made by players, not salaries paid by clubs. As noted in the tweet above, AS's report is coming from someone close to Jorge Mendes, who is Ronaldo's agent.

"Jose Mourinho has not received any notification with regards to the news published today".

They said Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes, which resulted in a penalty of 1.15 million euros in 2014.

Portuguese-born Mourinho is accused of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012.

Ronaldo is at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, playing for Portugal. Although Perez said everyone, including Ronaldo, must obey their tax obligations. The prosecutor recommended a sentence of 16 months and a fine of almost 800,000 euros ($890,000). A judge will then decide if they are grounds to charge him with a crime.

The rumors began to pick up when Ronaldo was accused of tax fraud shortly after the end of the 2016-17 campaign, despite the fact that any transfer would go down in history as arguably the most expensive all-time.

The four-time Ballon d'Or victor has protested his innocence and threatened to leave Real over the matter.

Mourinho, who coached Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013, was accused of "two offences against the public treasury", the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Di Maria, who now plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended in Spain.

Mascherano was also convicted of tax fraud last year and was given a suspended one-year sentence.

  • Julie Sanders