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Spain court calls Ronaldo to testify in $16mn tax fraud case

Spain court calls Ronaldo to testify in $16mn tax fraud case

Cristiano Ronaldo is all set to seal a dream return to Manchester United after reports emerged that he has ordered his agent to "do everything possible" to complete the deal.

On Tuesday, Ronaldo was told to appear in court on July 31, while Mourinho was accused by a state prosecutor of defrauding Spain's Tax Office of 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million).

Madrid president Florentino Perez defended the superstar on Monday and insisted he would not be letting his prized asset leave unless a club can meet his €1billion buyout clause. Portuguese sports daily A Bola then reported that Ronaldo was planning on leaving Madrid and it would be an "irreversible" decision.

"No one has made us a single offer; not for Cristiano Ronaldo, not for Alvaro Morata, not for James Rodriguez".

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However, Perez said that he had not spoken to Ronaldo, who is on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, which ends on July 2. The 54-year-old Mourinho was Real Madrid coach from 2010-13.

"Not I nor anyone at Madrid is contemplating that Cristiano could leave the club".

Ronaldo, who has spent eight seasons with Madrid, no longer wants to play in Spain amid allegations of several accounts of tax fraud between 2011 and 2014.

However, Perez said Real nearly completed a deal for the Brazilian but could not quite get it over the line.

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Perez's radio interview came hours after the 70-year-old businessman was reelected to a fifth four-year term as Madrid's president.

Rumours of his impending exit sparked a bidding war among European giants with United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich scrambling for his signature.

"Normally we don't comment on rumours, but in this case, we would like to make our position on Cristiano Ronaldo absolutely clear: This rumour is completely unfounded and must be consigned to the realms of fantasy". The club - which also won La Liga last season - lead the way in the elite European competition with 12 trophies.

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    I've heard everything through the newspapers. "Unless someone is willing to pay that, he will not leave", Perez told Onda Cero . The Spanish prosecution in the indictment alleged that Ronaldo had evaded tax "in a conscious and voluntary manner".