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Mourinho settles Spanish €3.3m tax case

November 3 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reached a settlement with Spanish tax authorities today before telling reporters the case was closed.

Mourinho, one of the most high-profile figures in the game, has long insisted he did nothing wrong during the time he was at Real Madrid and, having been summoned to Madrid to face the tax evasion charges against him, emerged after a brief hearing to say he had paid a fee to settle the accusations.

The Spanish authorities opened a case against Mourinho in June claiming he owed 3.3m euros for alleged undeclared income from image rights deals. But as he left the court Mourinho, who was mobbed by cameramen, said he understood his affairs were in order when he returned to England in 2013.

“I left Spain in 2013 with the information and the conviction that my tax situation was perfectly legal,” said Mourinho, whose United team face his old club Chelsea on Sunday.

“A couple of years later I was informed that an investigation had been opened and I was told that in order to regularise my situation I had to pay X amount of money.  I did not answer, I did not argue. I paid and signed with the state that I am in compliance and the case is closed.”

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