Madrid sit four points clear at the top of the LaLiga table.
Zinedine Zidane heaped praise on Federico Valverde following his performance for Real Madrid against Granada on Saturday.
The 21-year-old put in a fine display in his third straight LaLiga start for Los Blancos as he assisted Eden Hazard for his goal in their 4-2 win over second-placed Granada.
"I'm happy for him. He deserves it, he's a player that'll always prove just how good he is," the Madrid coach told a news conference.
"He's improving, he's doing exceptionally well and he's always moving forward, he wants to get on the ball and he had a hand in the goals.
"This is a team game and that first-half performance was brilliant in every sense. We did really well in terms of getting out of our half with the ball.
"That's the kind of player he [Valverde] is. He's a bit of a modern player, he's got a fantastic engine on him, it's not only in attack because he puts in just as much work in defence too and that's important in the modern game and he's doing well, just as many of them are.
"I'm delighted for Fede because he's getting game time and he deserves it."