Could Guti be SpainÃ¢ÂÂs World Cup Wonder?
Bernd Schuster says the concept is Ã¢ÂÂridiculous.Ã¢ÂÂ
Vicente del Bosque muses that Ã¢ÂÂthe door is open.Ã¢ÂÂ
Sport claim that he canÃ¢ÂÂt change his ways at 33.
Penelope Cruz screams Ã¢ÂÂin the name of all that is holy, La Liga Loca! Leave me alone! How did you get my number, anyway? DonÃ¢ÂÂt you understand that itÃ¢ÂÂs over between us!Ã¢ÂÂ
All week, the whole country has been a-buzzin' with the notion that Guti could be the most unexpected of entries into SpainÃ¢ÂÂs World Cup squad for South Africa 2010.
And all because of a back-heel to Benzema up in La CoruÃÂ±a.
Many argue that the idea is insane, ridiculous, barmy, ludicrous, absurd, risible, nonsensical and farcical.
Others maintain that the debate is complete b*llocks, dreamt up by AS and Marca after some kind of bet to see what they can get away with.
But La Liga Loca asks: Guti at the World Cup with Spain? Why the heck not?
Why It's Crazy Talk
1) In GutiÃ¢ÂÂs 14 seasons as a Real Madrid professional - stretching that term to breaking point - the midfielder has played in fewer than half of the available minutes during that spell.
This stands in comparison with the 78 percent racked up by RaÃÂºl, who is just nine months older.
This rather hefty absentee rate has been down to laziness, injuries both real and... (checks law book...) real, falling out with coaches, being suspended, awful form, dentist appointments, christenings, holidays, something good being on TV and offering naff all for much of the season aside from a couple of over-hyped passes the blogÃ¢ÂÂs dead granny could make given the opportunities Guti has handed to him every year.
Guti would be as committed to SpainÃ¢ÂÂs World Cup cause as Maniche is to a bowl of Special K.
2) Guti may claim this week that he would like to go to South Africa, but this is the player that Katy Perry writes songs about (two of them, in fact).
In the course of a recent interview Guti revealed that he wanted to see out his career at Real Madrid, play in England (see proof on the YouTube!), play for Inter Milan and retire to Bangkok to bomb around on a moped.
The Madrid player may be itching to go to the World Cup now, but what happens when Del Bosque calls him up and Guti pulls out due to the opening of a new hat shop?
Or the home delivery of a disco ball?
3) Because he waddles like Liam Gallagher circa WhatÃ¢ÂÂs the Story, Morning Glory?.
Why It's Perfect Sense
1) When the chips are down, the turnips are up and itÃ¢ÂÂs all gone Pete Tong out on the pitch, the footballer that Spain really needs coming off the bench is not Cesc Fabregas, but Guti - the only player in the world who can change the fortunes of his team in a split second with a moment of pure genius.*
*Not technically true. Guti generally likes Madrid to be a good two or three goals to the good against beleaguered opposition before making his Ã¢ÂÂkiller passes,Ã¢ÂÂ which tend to be fairly ordinary when taken out of context of the Madridista hype-machine.
2) Spain may well come up against all kinds of dastardly, dark-arts devils during this summerÃ¢ÂÂs footballing festival.
The midfielder is the one cat who is guaranteed to remain cool, calm and collected in the midst of the most horrendous of hullabaloos.**
**Again, a slight white lie. Just boot Guti a couple of times from behind (see Osasuna games) and you can be sure heÃ¢ÂÂll be sent off after a retaliatory knee-breaker just seconds later.
3) Guti is better than all of SpainÃ¢ÂÂs current midfielders combined. And then some. For example...
Xavi has suckered the world into thinking he is a superstar due to his ability to complete five-yard passes.
Ã¢ÂÂWhoopedy do!Ã¢ÂÂ says the blog. Guti can do them backwards. And heÃ¢ÂÂs a more useful presence in the dressing room when items off high shelves are required.
Iniesta? Forehead too big, scalp too bare and hasnÃ¢ÂÂt scored for his club this season. Guti? Cool hair and THREE goals.
And as for the new young tyke, Jesus Navas?
All Luis Fabiano needs to do in their upcoming clash in South Africa is show the Sevilla man a photo of his house and heÃ¢ÂÂll be sobbing into the turf and shipped home before you can say Ã¢ÂÂI should never have left Andalusia.Ã¢ÂÂ
These are the arguments both for and against GutiÃ¢ÂÂs World Cup inclusion, plain and clear.
Now it's time for the blog collective to chew over this weekÃ¢ÂÂs big issue: Guti - should he stay, or should he go?
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