Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has his hopes on Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford this summer but is not sure if the 32-year-old will leave Real Madrid.

Ronaldo was last week accused of evading 14.7 million euros through offshore companies and will appear before a judge on July 31.

Ronaldo is threatening to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made his first remarks about Ronaldo's stunning revelation in an interview with Spain's Onda Cero radio, indicating that he is not looking to offload his star.

When it became public that a prosecutor in Madrid filed a tax fraud complaint against Ronaldo on June 13, the news went viral and several global media platforms speculated that this could cause the footballer to leave Real Madrid this summer.

"I haven't learned very much about the situation, he's at a very important tournament at the moment in the Confederations Cup and until that ends I'm not going to disturb the atmosphere of his team", Perez said.

Mourinho joined Real Madrid football club in March 2010, transferring his residence for tax purposes to the Spanish capital after a spell as manager at Inter Milan.

However, allegations of tax fraud - denied by the forward - have brought Ronaldo's future into question and United have been heavily linked with a swoop for their former star.

Gestifute, a Portuguese-based soccer agency which represents Mourinho and Ronaldo, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. He has won three Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys in his eight years in the Spanish capital.

Di Maria will not be spending any time behind bars despite being handed a prison sentence because any such sentences in Spain which are under two years in length are automatically suspended - providing the convcited party has no previous criminal record.