By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The 28-year-old moved to the Allianz Arena earlier in the summer from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach and is one of just several new arrivals, including Xherdan Shaqiri, Claudio Pizarro and Mario Mandzukic.
Despite having one of the most impressive squads in Europe, Bayern came up short in their bid for silverware last season, losing to Borussia Dortmund in both the league and the DFB-Pokal, as well as to Chelsea in the final of the UEFA Champions League.
At times last season, the Bavarian outfit's backline looked vulnerable, especially with the error-prone Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber in the heart of defence, and Dante is hoping he can force his way into Heynckes' first-team plans, although he admits it won't be easy.
"The competition here is great," the Brazilian told Bild. "Jerome, Daniel [van Buyten] and Holger are great defenders.
"We will always be fighting for places amongst ourselves, but what is important is that we play for the team. Our relationship is fine, and it is important we understand each other.
"Everything I've seen in Munich is wonderful. I do not yet comprehend the Bavarian culture, but I want to live and understand it."
Dante first moved to Europe when he joined French side Lille in 2004 and had spells in Belgium with Charleroi and Standard Liege, before moving to Germany in 2009 when he signed for Gladbach.