The Welsh international returned to Madrid this summer after spending the 2020/21 campaign on loan back at former side Tottenham with 12 months remaining on his contract at the club.
Ancelotti has named the strongest line up available to him with midfield lynchpin Fede Valverde passing a late fitness test in time to travel and start at the Estadio Mendizorroza.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 14, 2021
Summer signing David Alaba also takes his place in central defence, on his competitive debut for the club, as Ancelotti kicks off his second spell in charge in the Spanish capital.
REAL MADRID STARTING LINE UP V ALAVES
Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Nacho; Casemiro, Modric, Valverde; Bale, Benzema, Hazard