Inter Milan and Italy legend Marco Materazzi feels that current Nerazzurri defender Alessandro Bastoni is his “heir.”

Speaking to InterTV ahead of this evening’s Serie A match against Roma, via FCInterNews, Materazzi praised the 24-year-old, saying that he’s “proud” of what he sees.

Over the past few seasons, Bastoni has become a key player for Inter.

The Italian international has turned into a fixture on the left side of the Nerazzurri’s back three.

And moreover, Bastoni has also been a regular in the Italian national team during the period.

Bastoni is certainly not the first top-class defender to have worn the Inter shirt. That’s putting it mildly.

And moreover, many of the Nerazzurri’s great defensive players have been Italian as well.

Materazzi was an example of this kind of player.

The former defender spent more than a decade at Inter. He won everything there is to win in the Nerazzurri shirt.

And moreover, Materazzi also won the 2006 World Cup with Italy. He started for the Azzurri in the final against France.

Marco Materazzi Calls Alessandro Bastoni His “Heir” At Inter

Materazzi said of Bastoni that “He’s someone who has played in Serie A for years.”

“I’ve always said he would become my heir, and every match he plays makes me proud.”

“He’s made a few mistakes here and there,” the former defender said of Bastoni.

“I remember a mistake he made in the Champions League.”

“But he’s taken strength from them, to get even better,” Materazzi reflected.

“I’d certainly place him among the top five defenders in Inter’s recent history, particularly considering how young he is.”

Materazzi also gave his thoughts on the other defenders currently at Inter.

“In the last few matches the defenders have been rotated, and have always responded brilliantly,” he observed.

“Darmian does well wherever you put him, De Vrij is back in great form,”

“Pavard doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone, so he hasn’t surprised me.”

“And he really wanted to join Inter,” he said of the former Bayern Munich man.