Legendary former Parma and Juventus defender Lilian Thuram played a key role in his son Marcus Thuram joining Inter Milan this summer.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews. The newspaper explain that Lilian advised Marcus to join the Nerazzurri over Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, and Juventus.

Inter were not the only club interested in signing Thuram this summer.

The French international’s availability on a free transfer made him a tempting prospect for a number of top European clubs.

And once the transfer window opened, the interest in Thuram’s signature concentrated in France and Italy.

PSG were among the teams to make their offer to the 26-year-old on a free transfer.

But then Thuram’s decision started to gravitate towards Italy. And the advice of his father proved to be crucial in the striker’s decision.

Lilian Thuram is, to put it mildly, a player who knows Serie A well.

And so Marcus went to his father to help him make what could be one of his most important career decisions.

Lilian Thuram Advised Marcus Thuram To Join Inter Milan

In June, both AC Milan and Juventus had been interested in signing Thuram on a free transfer.

The striker’s father Lilian, however, did not advise him to join the Bianconeri, despite his association with the Turin giants.

Therefore, the race for Thuram’s signature seemingly came down to a “Milan derby.”

The Rossoneri were very keen to sign Thuram in June. But then, after Edin Dzeko left Inter, the Nerazzurri decided to make their move to sign the Frenchman.

And once Inter were clearly in the picture, Lilian didn’t hesitate to tell Marcus where he should go.

According to the Gazzetta, Lilian believed that Inter presented the best prospect to prospect his son’s growth.

And so far, that has been borne out on the pitch. Thuram has looked virtually tailor-made to thrive in the Nerazzurri’s 3-5-2 setup under Simone Inzaghi.

And that is something the player’s father anticipated, and pushed his son in the direction of.