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Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain

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Spanish tax authorities have alleged that Mourinho has stolen $ 33 million euro in 2011 and 2012, when he was coach of Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013.

The slow midfielder has been linked with United ever since Mourinho took over at Old Trafford, and he has kept in touch with his former manager since their time at the club.

For the time-being Cristiano appears to be trying his best to ignore the situation and focus on the football at hand - his campaign with Portugal at the Confederations Cup.

The Real Madrid player has been summoned to a Madrid court on 31 July after being accused of evading 14.8 million euros in taxes on image rights income.

Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria has been handed a hefty fine and a prison sentence over a charge of tax fraud of 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million), Spanish authorities announced on Wednesday.

Mourinho apparently wants a marquee attacker, and it has emerged that Neymar is seemingly the Portuguese manager's ultimate prize.

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

Like many others, the investigation into Mourinho focuses on image rights, adds the paper, with the current Man Utd boss accused of trying to gain an "illicit benefit".

The 54-year-old Mourinho was Real Madrid coach from 2010-13.

The prosecutor said Ronaldo used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to cheat on his taxes.

After leaving Madrid, he returned to England for a second spell with Chelsea before joining United, with whom he won the Europa League and the League Cup in the season just finished.

Under Spanish law, a first-time offender is not required to serve time in jail for a sentence below two years.

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

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