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MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish prosecutors said on Tuesday they had filed a claim against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on two counts of tax fraud dating back to when he coached Real Madrid.
The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities 3.3 million euros ($3.7 million), a Madrid prosecutor said in a statement, adding it had presented a claim to a local court.
Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage English club Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United in 2016.
Prosecutors said he had failed to declare revenues from his image rights in his Spanish income tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, "with the aim of obtaining illicit profits".
They said Mourinho had already settled a previous claim relating to his Spanish taxes after a 2014 inquiry, which resulted in a penalty of 1.15 million euros. But tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.
Mourinho's agents at Portugal-based Gestifute said in a statement that the coach had not received any notification relating to the allegations from tax authorities or prosecutors.
They added that Mourinho had already dealt with questions raised by tax authorities in 2015, settling issues with his 2011 and 2012 filings and reaching a settlement regarding 2013.
"The Spanish government ... through the tax department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations," Gestifute said.
Known as "the Special One", Mourinho, 54, is one of the most prominent and successful coaches in soccer today.
In the season just ended, he won three trophies in his debut campaign at Manchester United, although he drew criticism after a poor league performance in which United finished sixth in the Premier League.
In European competition, he has led Porto to UEFA Cup victory in 2003 and a Champions League triumph in 2004, and also won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010. He has claimed a haul of domestic trophies with Chelsea and other clubs.
The claims against Mourinho come amid a lengthening list of tax fraud cases involving soccer stars in Spain.
Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo has been called to testify on July 31 in Madrid on allegations that he hid income from tax authorities between 2011 and 2014, the court said on Tuesday.
Real Madrid did not respond to requests for comment on the allegations against Mourihno or Ronaldo's hearing.
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Reporting by Raquel Castillo and Paul Day, Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Richard Balmforth