Fresh off his international success, having scored the winner last week in the England under 21s' group clinching win over Kazakhstan, Leicester City winger Demarai Gray took some time off for a slightly lower stakes competition.
Only slightly, mind, as Gray's Real Madrid were drawn against Bayern Munich and international teammate Tammy Abraham, so bragging rights were well and truly on the line. Abraham, currently scoring for fun on loan at Bristol City, is owned by Premier League rivals Chelsea
After scoring in the first game, Gray, who was reduced to a substitute role in the second, was highly praised by Aidy Boothroyd, the team's new interim manager. After praising his attacking skills, the manager went on to compare him to current England international Jesse Lingard, and suggested that he would eventually become a full international.
He looks a real threat. He is a very good player.
Alongside his obvious talent, Boothroyd went on to praise Gray for his fantastic work ethic and constant desire to improve his game. The winger has himself been speaking about this recently, stating that, while he was delighted to win the league so early in his career, it's only made him hungrier for success.
When I get frustrated about not being involved as much as I'd like, i look at what I have achieved so far and just have to remind myself that I'm playing at a high level, so I just want to keep doing it.
Good on you, Demarai, I'm pretty confident we'll keep that he'll only be more and more involved as he progresses. Seems like a good kid, and we know he's got tremendous talent, whatever his FIFA 17 rating of 70 might suggest.