Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi believes the current Real Madridside is the best in quite some time.
Although he joined Los Blancos in 2013 from La Real, the Spaniard failed to make the breakthrough at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and left two years later.
However, he has watched on from afar at their progress in the time that he has departed and is very impressed with what he has witnessed.
"This squad can be the best Real Madrid side in many years, I think they are," he said. "They have a very strong and competitive team.
"They can change six or seven players in their starting XI for a game and it doesn't show, they aren't hindered at all.
"Real have 16 or 17 players who are all of the highest level."