Football coach Jose Mourinho settles tax case — Spain

Football coach Jose Mourinho settles tax case — Spain

Danny Drinkwater says Jose Mourinho has a great record in big matches ahead of Chelsea's clash with Manchester United.

José Mourinho declared the case brought against him for alleged tax fraud to be closed after he accepted the arguments put forward by Spain's Inland Revenue and paid the fee demanded to settle charges brought against him, which he has always denied.

Mourinho arrived alone at the court and after the hearing said that when he had left Spain in 2013 he had been certain that his tax situation was legal, reports Efe. The Spanish authorities claim that 54-years-old was evading tax duties when he was Real Madrid boss.

"I did not answer back, I did not discuss, I paid and signed with the state the conformity minutes that testify that everything was already closed. I have nothing else to say".

During his appearing before Madrid's Pozuelo de Alarcon court, Mourinho responded only to his attorney's questions, officials told Efe.

Mourinho previously insisted that he has fully complied with all Spain's tax laws and denies any wrongdoing, something he reiterated after this morning's appearance before a judge.

On Friday, he appeared at the same building where Cristiano Ronaldo testified in his tax fraud hearing on July 31, and where the Portuguese pair's agent, Jorge Mendes, spoke in front of the judge hearing a similar case involving current Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on June 27.

The court date could not have come at a worse time for the Portuguese, with his United side facing Chelsea on Sunday.

Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho, who coached Madrid between 2010 and 2013, of failing to declare income of 1.6 million euros in 2011 and 1.7 million euros in 2012.

Other clients at Mendes' Gestifute agency including Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho and Angel Di Maria have also had image rights issues with the Spanish tax authorities.

One of his biggest decisions will be whether or not to include Pogba in his team.