Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo has claimed teammate Dani Carvajal is the player who has surprised him the most in his time with the European champions.
20-year-old Vallejo, who spent the past two seasons out on loan, is back in the picture at the Bernabeu after being sidelined with a number of niggling injuries, and he finally made his debut against Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey recently.
Speaking to regional newspaper el Periodico de Aragon, the former Zaragoza starlet discussed life at arguably the biggest club in the world.
He said, as translated by AS: "Our training sessions are enjoyable and dynamic. The boss is always in a good mood, he tells us that we must relax, that things will work out for us and that we should have belief in what we do."
Vallejo then spoke of Carvajal, who is almost back fit again following a problem with his heart. The young defender is clearly full of admiration for his teammate, and cited him when asked who his most 'surprising teammate' was.
"The way he competes. Despite the start to the season he's had with his fitness problems, he gives his best in every training session - he gives everything he's got. He's a magnificent example for me to aspire to," he said.
There was also a word on club talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who is struggling to get going for Madrid this season and has just one league goal to his name.
Vallejo added: "Competitively, he's a beast. He's also a player who really looks after himself; he's a professional and works flat out in every session. You can learn something from him every day because he is constantly trying to be the best.
"He's impressive to watch in front of goal, he can create chances or score from practically any move and make it all seem so effortless and easy."