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In-form Guti targets place in Spain's World Cup squad

MADRID, Jan 17 (Reuters) - In-form Real Madrid midfielder Guti has set his heart on a Spain recall for the 2006 World Cup.

'The biggest aim in my life is to go to the World Cup, I dream about it every day,' he told Spanish sports daily AS on Tuesday.

'It's an objective that I set for myself at the start of the season and I can't stop thinking about it. I want to be there in Germany and I just hope it will happen.'

The 29-year-old has been on the fringes of the Spain squad since he made his debut against Croatia in 1999 and his chances have been hobbled by a lack of first-team football at Real.

He made his last appearance for Spain in their 5-0 win over San Marino in a World Cup qualifier in February 2005 but was dropped for the playoff against Slovakia in November.

This season the versatile midfielder has started 13 of Real's 19 league games and has been one of the team's most consistent performers in what has been a difficult campaign.

He turned in a virtuoso performance in Real's 4-2 win against Sevilla at the weekend, scoring his side's opener and then setting up two for Zinedine Zidane, the second with a delightful back-heel.

With Barcelona playmaker Xavi uncertain for the World Cup because of a serious knee injury, Guti is now a serious contender for a place in Luis Aragones's squad in Germany.

'I'm feeling more confident than ever,' he said. 'I think I'm in top form at the moment, both in terms of fitness and in terms of the way I'm playing.'

Spain have been drawn alongside Ukraine, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in Group H in the World Cup which starts on June 9.