Ronaldo set for July court date in tax fraud case

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

Newly re-elected Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is "not contemplating" Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the European champions, despite talk of the disgruntled star returning to Manchester United.

"Jose Mourinho coached Ronaldo at Real Madrid from 2010 through 2013, and reports suggested the two could be reunited at Manchester United this summer in what has been described as a "£183 million mega deal".

The four-time Ballon d'Or victor has been accused of defrauding the tax authorities of £12.9million.

"No one has sent us an offer for either Cristiano or anyone else", Perez told Onda Cero radio station.

The Madrid electoral board met overnight and, with no other candidate putting themselves forward for election ahead of the deadline, it was confirmed that the long-serving Perez would continue in the role, taking his overall stay in the position to 18 years.

It means the Real Madrid superstar is nearly certain to miss a pre-season friendly against bitter rivals Barcelona, which takes place in Miami two days before.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the 32-year-old has told his Portuguese teammates about his future plans with the La Liga club during a practice session in Kazan, Russia ahead of their FIFA Confederation Cup tie against Mexico on Sunday. Situations like this give us great happiness.

The Colombia global was left out of Zidane's squad for the UEFA Champions League final victory over Juventus, fuelling speculation he would be sold, but Perez has no interest in parting with the playmaker.

"We weren't on the edge of signing him, because of his age".

Last week, the Portuguese global was accused of €14.7m in tax evasion through offshore companies.

PSG could make a bid, but it seems like Ronaldo has his heart set on Manchester United.

"To this day, nobody has offered us anything for any player and we have not made any offer. It hasn't finished yet and I don't want to disturb the Portuguese team". "No one at the club wants Morata to leave, and I have not heard him saying he wants to go", he said.

"He is a Real Madrid player and will remain so. And I'm not contemplating that, especially without speaking with him".

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