Speaking at an event in Belfast, Ferdinand is quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying "I hope" he comes back to United having left for a then world-record £80m in 2009.
"This contract was signed by both parties precisely two months after the alleged date, on the 31st of May 2010".
The guilty pleas of Di Maria, Mascherano and Messi, however, would suggest this is not always the case and Mourinho and Ronaldo will need to be certain the offshore companies they set up to receive their image-rights payments are entirely legitimate. Perez, who has been re-elected as Real president, claimed the tax issues facing the player were a "misunderstanding" but that he had yet to speak with Ronaldo, who is now on Confederations Cup duty with Portugal in Russian Federation.
'The Spanish government in turn, 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'. He has agreed to pay fines and back taxes of €2m, while his one-year prison sentence is likely to be suspended.More news: Droopy-faced Neapolitan mastiff Martha is crowned the mangiest mutt on earth
Revelations from the whistleblowing website Football Leaks have lifted the veil on the practices supposedly used by Mendes to optimise often enormous earnings from image rights by his clients. But tax authorities later found that some of the information presented in that settlement was incorrect, the prosecutors said.
Ronaldo is now facing four charges against the Spanish public treasury dated between 2011 and 2014, including a case of tax fraud worth United States dollars 65.5 million. A judge will now decide if the case goes to court.