Marcus Thuram feels that his joining Inter Milan is long overdue after the Nerazzurri have signed him at the second attempt.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster DAZN, via FCInterNews, the 25-year-old noted how he had already appeared close to joining the Nerazzurri during the summer transfer window of 2021 before a knee injury saw the move fall through.

Inter have finally gotten their man – Thuram signed on a five-year deal earlier this summer.

However, it was not a brief pursuit by any means. And it did not come without its twists and turns.

Thuram had reportedly been one of the Nerazzurri’s main targets to replace Romelu Lukaku following the Belgian’s sale to Chelsea.

That had been all the way back in 2021.

And the Frenchman was not just a vague idea for Inter. The Nerazzurri were reportedly close to wrapping up a deal with Gladbach for around €25 million.

But a knee injury to the player saw Inter withdraw their interest. They moved for Lazio forward Joaquin Correa instead.

But in the end, Thuram has arrived after all.

The 2022 World Cup finalist joined Inter without a transfer fee, but with significant expectations to live up to.

Marcus Thuram – Should’ve Joined Inter Milan In 2021, But Here Now

“I should’ve joined Inter in 2021, but then I got a knee injury,” Thuram said.

“And clearly I didn’t hesitate now that the opportunity came up once again.”

Asked if his father Lilian played a role in his decision, Thuram said that “I have to take responsibility for my own choices, and I chose Inter.”

Regarding his new teammates, the Frenchman said that “They’re great guys. Dimarco and Barella make me laugh a lot, I’ve also spoken with Calhanoglu and Mkhitaryan a lot.”

And of fitting into Simone Inzaghi’s style of football, Thuram noted that “He wants to attack quickly. Get into the space in behind.”

“And I think that suits me well,” he said of the Nerazzurri’s tactics under Inzaghi.