The Dutch defender ended his three-year spell at Juventus to join Bayern ahead of the next season.
Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has explained the club’s decision to sign Matthijs de Ligt this summer.
De Ligt joined Bayern from Juventus on a €67m deal, replacing Niklas Sule in the Bavarians’ backline. The 22-year-old scored in his debut for Bayern when they faced DC United in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday.
Speaking to CBS Sports, Kahn singled out De Ligt’s leadership qualities as a decisive factor in Bayern’s interest in signing him.
He said: “We had the opportunity to develop the team further for the future and my job is to look at the future.
“That’s why we signed de Ligt and why we always try to find a balance between experienced and world-class players such as Mane and also young talented players with a great future like de Ligt.
“We have a very good defense at the moment. We tried to find a player who can lead, a player that can lead on the pitch. He is present on the pitch, he’s loud, we needed a player that the others could hear when he’s on the field.
“That’s very important for the motivations of the players. I like it very much if a player is loud and noisy on the field. At the moment, I think we have a very attractive mixture of players in our roster.”
De Ligt will have a chance to play again for Bayern when they meet Manchester City in their next friendly match on Sunday.