Mourinho has 'paid all Spanish taxes owed'


Winning all that matters to Jose Mourinho at Man United, nothing else

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has arrived in court in Madrid for a hearing in his million-pound fraud case.

'Jose Mourinho, who lived in Spain from June 2010 until May 2013, paid more than €26m (£22.7m) in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41 per cent, and accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years 2011 and 2012 and entering into a settlement agreement regarding 2013'.

The 54-year-old was accused by a Spanish regional prosecutor of defrauding tax authorities of 3.3 million euros, relating to image rights in the calendar years 2011 and 2012, when he was a manager of Madrid.

The investigation remains open, however, and it will be up to the judge to decide whether Mourinho will have to stand trial.

The Portuguese manager further revealed that he had left Spain four years ago with the information and conviction that his tax situation was perfectly legal, but a couple of years later he was told to pay more cash following a tax probe. "I have paid and signed with the state to say I am definitely tax compliant".

'I know it's a different way of analysing things for this reason or that reason. The money in question concerned revenues from image rights, not his salary from Real Madrid.

"The Spanish government in turn, through the tax department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations".

Not really. The Spanish authorities have been cracking down on allegations of tax fraud and a number of leading figures in football have been investigated.

Other players to come to the attention of the Spanish taxman include Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao.

Mourinho's two visits to west London last season to face his former club did not go well, as United lost 4-0 in the league and 1-0 in the FA Cup.

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