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Midfielder Guti convinced Madrid can win La Liga

AFP , MADRID

Real Madrid's midfielder Guti says the club are capable of ending a three-year trophy drought and can win La Liga this season, La Sexta television reported him as saying on Friday.

"I see us ending up in the Cibeles," said Guti, in allusion to the Cibeles fountain in central Madrid where Real traditionally celebrate success.

Having joined the 30-something club this week he and the likes of teammates Ronaldo and David Beckham will be hoping for a dip in the water come May, particularly the latter pair as a trophy would sweep away the clouds of doubt about their futures.

Beckham has spent much of the season on the bench and Ronaldo also moaned that he had suffered that fate for most of Wednesday's labored win over Steaua Bucharest which saw the club through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

"Ronaldo needs to bide his time, wait for his chance and seize it," said Guti of the Brazilian, who told ABC newspaper he felt he did not have the backing of coach Fabio Capello.

Guti, whose in-depth interview La Sexta will broadcast today, said he believed the league race would go to the wire -- Real currently trail Barcelona by two points -- and "the team that makes the least mistakes will carry off the title."

Referring back to Ronaldo's moping from the bench, he noted that "there are few players who can say they are indispensable at Real."

Guti insisted he intends to see out his career with the club, but is an avid admirer of the English game.

"I always said I'd like to chance my arm in England if it came to it," he noted.

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