"It's a relief for me because the cost of Cristiano has seen me lose that record, which was quite heavy to carry," smiled Zidane. "You could say that thanks to Cristiano I could breathe again.
"When one wants to assemble a team with the best players in the world, it costs money."
On his own role at Real, Zidane added: "My relationship with the president is great.
"Now I'm here to learn and see how the club works outside the locker room."