BERLIN - New signing Arturo Vidal is the man to take Bayern Munich to the next level, according to club legend Lothar Matthaeus.
The reigning German champions signed the Chilean from Juventus for a reported £24.8 million, and Matthaeus said that Vidal brings to the team what Bayern has been missing in the last few years.
He said: "(Vidal) has experience and he knows German football because he played for Bayer Leverkusen. Now he has experience with Juventus where he won the title three times, and with Chile in the Copa America.
"Munich missed a player like Vidal because he's very aggressive, he has good technique, he's strong, he's pushing the team and he's a brilliant leader. Vidal is a world superstar and I congratulated Bayern Munich when Vidal signed the contract because this is really a transfer that can help them, and not in five years, but now."
He added that Vidal reminded him of himself as a player, 30 years ago. Matthaeus, 54, won seven Bundesliga titles over two spells with Bayern.
He was speaking in Berlin at a press conference where the Bundesliga announced a deal with Fox Sports to broadcast the league's matches in Asia, including Singapore, for five years. Matthaeus will visit Kuala Lumpur and Singapore from Aug 11-16 to promote Fox's coverage of the Bundesliga's opening weekend.
Said Christian Seifert, Bundesliga chief executive: "We are pleased to embark on a journey with such an important, global-scale partner that provides German football even more opportunities for worldwide exposure.
"The partnership with Fox confirms the international importance of the Bundesliga and its continuous international growth."