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Zinedine Zidane restored old favourites for his first game since being re - appointed coach of Real Madrid as Thibaut Courtois was dropped for Keylor Navas while Isco and Marcelo both returned.

Gareth Bale was also named in the starting line - up at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday as Madrid launched their new era under Zidane at home to Celta Vigo in La Liga.

Courtois was the biggest surprise , given he was bought by Madrid for around 40 million euros ($ 45 million ) last summer and had established himself ahead of Navas under Santiago Solari.

But Navas was a key figure under Zidane , who had tried to dissuade the club from signing another goalkeeper while he was in charge.

Isco ’ s recall was another show of intent given the Spaniard had not started a single league game under Solari , while Marcelo came back too , having lost his place at left - back to promising 22 - year - old Sergio Reguilon.

Bale ’ s selection suggests Zidane is at least prepared to offer the Welshman a chance to stake his claim. Zidane lost faith in Bale last season , with the pair ’ s relationship growing increasingly strained before Zidane announced his departure.

Madrid lie 12 points adrift of leaders Barcelona , who play away at Real Betis on Sunday.

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