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Jose Mourinho reaches agreement with Spanish tax office to avoid jail – sources



Jose Mourinho has reached an agreement with the Spanish tax authorities to avoid a prison sentence regarding his tax evasion case, a source has told ESPN FC.

The Manchester United manager was accused of defrauding Spain’s tax office of €3.3 million in unpaid taxes over image rights income in 2011 and 2012 while in charge of Real Madrid.

A source close to Mourinho told ESPN FC that the former Chelsea boss signed an agreement with prosecutors at the tax office over two months ago and that a prison term was replaced with a fine meaning no prison sentence or suspended sentence.

Mourinho reportedly pleaded guilty to two counts of tax fraud at six months per count for a total of a one-year of prison term. He already paid €4.4m to the tax office in 2014 for unpaid taxes but the case was reopened following an investigation by Football Leaks.

Mourinho stated in 2017 after appearing in a Madrid court that he had paid €26m in taxes during his three years living in Spain as coach of Los Blancos and had previously “entered into a settlement agreement regarding [the year] 2013.”

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The 55-year-old Portuguese coach was Real Madrid manager from 2010-2013.

Mourinho is the latest figure to have reached a settlement with tax authorities in Spain. Earlier this summer, Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, also represented by Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes, approved a deal to pay €18.8mto the tax office while accepting that he breached four tax laws regarding unpaid revenue from image rights between 2011 and 2014.

Last year, Barcelona star Lionel Messi agreed with prosecutors in Spain for his 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud to be replaced with a fine.

Messi and his father were found guilty by a Barcelona court on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of €4.1m from income made from image rights.