Jose Mourinho’s assessment tax fraudulent case is in threat of disrupting Manchester United’s arrangements for their match at Chelsea on Sunday, with the Old Trafford manager heading out to Spain for the hearing on Friday.
United have brought Mourinho’s press week ahead against its public interview forward 24 hours from its standard space to Thursday, and sources have affirmed the Portuguese boss will be in court.
Mourinho’s No 2 Rui Faria and his assistant staff will be left to manage preparations when he is out of the country, however the circumstance is a long way from perfect.
He endured his greatest ever Premier League defeat as a manager when United were beaten 4-0 on his arrival to Stamford Bridge in October, and can expect another stern test against Antonio Conte’s side on Sunday.
Mourinho is blamed for fraudulent by the Spanish authorities due to extortion of £2.9million amid the time as Real Madrid boss during 2010 and 2013 by not announcing benefits from picture rights.
The case is expected to be heard in Madrid at 10am, only two days before United face Chelsea. Mourinho has denied the charges.
He settled a past claim against him in 2014, paying a fine of £1m, however prosecutors guaranteed in June that a portion of the data in that settlement was mistaken.
Mourinho reacted by issuing an announcement demanding that he has payed up all required funds.
It read: ‘Jose Mourinho has not gotten any warning with respect to the news distributed today.
‘To this date, neither the Spanish tax co-operation nor the court prosecutor have reached Jose Mourinho or his lawyer who were procured for the investigation procedure.
‘Manchester United boss, who resided in Spain during June 2010 to May 2013, paid more than €26m (£22.7m) in charges, with a normal expense rate more than 41 for each penny, and acknowledged the regularization proposition made by the Spanish assessment experts in 2015 in regards to the years 2011 and 2012 and going into a settlement assention in regards to 2013.’