Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been forced to leave the club's pre-season tour for personal reasons, but manager Niko Kovac was full of praise for the German.
Boateng has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer, having struggled to hold down a permanent place in Kovac's lineup last season.
He said: "If you look at his performance, we can say that he had a great game [against Real]. He played like we know he can play, like he used to play - something that he has already shown us in training."
Boateng was restricted to just 20 appearances in the league last season, as Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule dominated the lineup.
The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have been heavily linked with a potential move for the 30-year-old, although Kovac's latest words suggest there may still be a place for Boateng in the team once he returns.