Legendary former Nerazzurri defender Marco Materazzi believes that Thiago Motta could take over as Inter Milan coach one day.

Materazzi spoke to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews. He praised Motta, and also argued the current Inter team are playing at a higher level than the 2010 Treble side.

Motta has been earning plaudits for the job that he’s done at Bologna this season.

The former Italian international, who played for the likes of Inter, Paris Saint-Germain, Genoa, and Bologna has really been spreading his wings as a coach.

Under Motta’s guidance, Bologna are pushing for a Champions League spot.

The Rossoblu currently sit fourth in the Serie A table.

This has naturally led to some speculation that it won’t be long before a bigger club comes calling for Motta.

And it could well be the case that the 41-year-old prioritizes a club that he has a connection to.

Inter are one such club. Motta won the Treble with the Nerazzurri during the 2009-10 season.

Materazzi was a teammate at Inter. And the World Cup-winning defender believes that he would be more than capable of taking over at the Nerazzurri at some stage.

Materazzi: Thiago Motta Could Take Over At Inter One Day

Materazzi said that “Thiago has a concrete mindset without frivolities. He’s intelligent, well-prepared.”

“He could have taken on PSG, he had a clear path there,” the former defender noted.

“But he wanted to gain experience at Genoa, Spezia, and now at Bologna.”

Materazzi noted of Motta that “He’s built himself up one step at a time. He’s avoided leaps into the dark.”

“That shows the kind of mentality that he has.”

“His Bologna team are a reflection of him,” Materazzi said. “I hope that he doesn’t just go straight to a bigger club, and stays in Emilia-Romagna for a while.”

“[Inter] can keep on winning with Inzaghi. And then one day, who knows when, [Motta] could be the one to take Simone’s place.”

And comparing this current Inter team to the 2010 Treble side, Materazzi said that “I can honestly say they play better than we did.”

“It’s really a pleasure following this team,” he said.

“The credit has to go to Inzaghi, who knows how not to waste the talent he has.”