Legendary former AC Milan and Juventus coach Fabio Capello is a big fan of the personality of Inter Milan striker Marcus Thuram.

Speaking on Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInter1908, the former coach noted that he has known Thuram for a long time due to having coached the Frenchman’s father Lilian Thuram at Juventus.

Thuram has certainly made his mark at Inter since joining on a free transfer during the summer transfer window.

The 26-year-old scored his third goal in a Nerazzurri shirt in yesterday evening’s Champions League win against Benfica.

And this was perhaps Thuram’s most important one yet. It was the former Borussia Monchengladbach and Gungamp striker who delivered the three vital points to give Inter a foothold in their Champions League group.

Thuram is living up to some high expectations that accompanied him when he arrived at Inter.

Part of the reason for these expectations was, of course, the striker’s form.

For Gladbach, and increasingly for the French national team, Thuram’s reputation has grown over the past few years.

But that’s not the only reason.

The Frenchman is also the son of iconic former defender Lilian Thuram.

Lilian won the World Cup with France in 1998 and the Euros in 2000. And at club level, he played for the likes of Monaco and Barcelona, but is most strongly associated with Serie A.

Lilian Thuram left his mark on the Italian top flight in successful spells with Parma and Juventus.

Fabio Capello On Inter Milan Forward Marcus Thuram

Capello said of Thuram that “He’s a really well-mannered young man.”

“I knew him when he was little, from when I was coaching Juventus,” he continued.

“His family is perfect, they have great principles,” the former coach commented.

Capello also said, “I want to share a story I have about Thuram.”

“During the summer I was on holiday in the mountains. It was while Inter were still doing their preseason.”

“I was stopped by some cyclists, who were Inter fans, to talk,” the former coach went on.

“They talked to me about Thuram, and told me that he doesn’t score much.”

Capello said that “They thought they knew everything.”

“But what we’re seeing now shows you how sometimes the numbers and statistics don’t tell you everything,” he said.