Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez has hailed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as the 'best in the world', despite being dropped against Alaves on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane's men won 2-1 away, but there was no starting role for the Red Devil who was dropped to the bench following recent criticism over his performances.
The former Chelsea shot-stopper has not hit the same levels during his time in London, failing to fully settle in the Spanish capital.
"Thibaut is for me the best goalkeeper in the world, as he showed at the  World Cup," Martinez said on Saturday.
"From there, he is the best person for me to defend Real Madrid's goal,"
"It has been a difficult period, but I think that the opportunity to return with the national team has helped him to regain the good feelings, in the same way, that we hope that the successes he has at Real Madrid can help us in the Euros."
Alphonse Areola replaced Courtois on Saturday as he has done in the past matches, including a halftime introduction in a Champions League match against Club Brugge.
Despite his struggles at club level, Courtois remains the undisputed number one keeper for his country and was crucial as Belgium qualified for the Euro 2020 tournament.
He is expected to feature next year at the same tournament.