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Scolari comments inspire Gustavo

January 15, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo's hopes of playing in a World Cup in his home country have been given a major boost after recent remarks made by Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

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Scolari spoke highly of the former Hoffenheim man after his performance in Bayern's friendly against Unterhaching - a game in which he picked up a red card.

"I watch every Bayern match. Luiz Gustavo has every chance to be called up," Scolari told Bild Am Sonntag.

Scolari's remarks have inspired Gustavo to reach a new level in his game, so to ensure he does not miss out on a "dream" World Cup.

"That's extra-motivation for me. I want to improve at Bayern even more and maybe fulfill my World Cup dream," Gustavo said. "I need to give all I can and believe in my chances."

Despite facing tough competition in the Bayern squad, Gustavo played nine league games out of the club's opening ten this season, scoring three goals. The midfielder was sidelined in November by a groin injury, however, ruling him out until Christmas.

Gustavo joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in a €17 million deal in January 2011.