Striker Marcus Thuram says that he has been waiting for two years to join Inter Milan before finally arriving this summer.
The 26-year-old spoke to Italian broadcaster DAZN, via FCInterNews, after scoring against AC Milan in a 5-1 derby win.
Inter got their man this summer – Thuram signed on a five-year deal, joining from Borussia Monchengladbach on a free transfer.
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.
And early on this season, the Frenchman has given a clear sign of why Inter always wanted to sign him.
Thuram has gotten off to a blazing start to the season, culminating in his goal against Milan in the derby this evening.
Marcus Thuram “Waiting Two Years” To Join Inter Milan This Summer
Thuram explained that “I was supposed to arrive here two years ago.”
“The idea stuck in my head,” he continued. “I worked to regain the trust of Inter who never lost interest in me, and I really wanted to join this summer.”
As for whether he’s heard from his father, legendary former Parma, Juventus, and Barcelona defender Lilian Thuram, the Inter striker said that “He was in the stadium, but I haven’t heard from him yet.”
And of his teammate Davide Frattesi, who scored Inter’s fifth goal, Thuram said that “He scored two goals with his national team. So I told him that now he has to score for Inter.”
“And it looks like he listened to me.”