Real Madrid boss Perez tackles Ronaldo problem

According to reports from Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo will appear in court on July 31 following allegations of tax evasion from Spanish prosecutors.

The interview was Perez's first comment on Ronaldo since Portuguese sports daily A Bola reported on Friday that Ronaldo was considering leaving Spain after a state prosecutor accused him of four counts of tax fraud totalling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) in unpaid taxes.

The four-time Ballon d'Or victor is alleged to have created a "business structure" in 2010 to hide his earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014.

Manchester United appointed Mourinho as their manager last summer but the Red Devils could only muster a sixth-place finish in the Premier League table.

Real president, Perez was speaking about the potential signings of the club in this summer's transfer window, and with the club election at hand, it is imperative that a statement signing is made, of which three names have been bandied around.

Ronaldo's silence has only fuelled talk of a return to Old Trafford, where he became a fans' favourite having flourished under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson before joining Madrid in a world-record deal eight years ago. "No offer has been received for him".

Ronaldo is now at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation with Portugal, and would not begin his summer break until July 3 if his side reaches the final.

"In the days since the Champions League final no-one has offered us anything for any player and everything that has come out in the media is not true, apart from the case of Theo, which was done before", he added.

"But something really freakish would have to happen if he were to leave this club".

Even so, Perez said he was convinced Ronaldo would stay and affirmed that his Real contract was protected by a one billion euro release clause.

Real Madrid has also declared its support for the 32 year old.

There has been speculation that Ronaldo is trying to put pressure on Real so that they will bear some of the burden of an eventual fine as Barcelona did for Lionel Messi.


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