Italy to take a step forward: French striker Marcus Thuram, at the end of his contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach, has signed up for five years with Inter Milan, declining Paris SG in favor of the country where he was born and where his father Lilian shone.
At almost 26 years old, the vice-world champion, author of 13 goals and 6 assists in the Bundesliga this season, will discover the calcio and reconnect with the Champions League. After careful consideration, the French international finally turned to the Nerazzurro club, recent C1 finalist and third in the Championship in 2022-23.
From Sochaux to Milan
The Inter press release does not specify the duration of the contract but the player shared on his Instagram account a post from his agency Sport Cover which indicates that he signed for five years.
Sochaux, Guingamp, Mönchengladbach and now Milan. The athletic center-forward continues his rise after four seasons in Germany which saw him hatch in the eyes of the Bundesliga and the coach of the Blues Didier Deschamps, who called him up for the first time in November 2020.
Alongside Lautaro Martinez, world champion with Argentina, Thuram is strengthening an attack which has just lost Bosnian veteran Edin Dzeko (37), who left for Fenerbahçe, Turkey. Romelu Lukaku, supposed to return to Chelsea after his year on loan at Inter, could stay in Milan but discussions are underway with the « Blues » to try to resolve the economic equation.
« Marcus Thuram runs fast »
The former Guingampais Thuram, who had his medical examination in Milan on Tuesday, however, probably had assurances to have playing time in Simone Inzaghi’s team and continue his progress, he who has gradually transformed into leading striker when he has long evolved as a winger.
« Marcus Thuram runs fast: he has always run fast, to achieve his goals and overcome all obstacles, » the Italian club said in a statement on Saturday. « His story is intertwined with that of Inter in October 2020, when Thuram made his Champions League debut at the San Siro against the Nerazzurri, » Inter added.
Before initialing his contract, the striker with 10 selections ruled out the idea of a return to France, to Paris SG. The French club tried to attract him to strengthen his offensive armada led by Kylian Mbappé, one of his closest partners with the Blues.
« A Home Advisor »
Born in Parma in 1997 when his father Lilian was playing there, but trained in Île-de-France where he started playing in 2007 (Neuilly, Boulogne-Billancourt then the Clairefontaine National Football Institute), Marcus Thuram will therefore finally have chose Italy. Very involved in the career of his sons – the youngest Khéphren, Nice player, is currently playing the Euro Espoirs with the Bleuets -, did Lilian Thuram guide him?
The former defender of the Blues played for a decade in Serie A, in Parma (1996-2001) then at Juventus Turin (2001-2006), notably winning the « scudetto » (in 2002 and 2003) and the UEFA Cup , in parallel with his successes in selection (double World-Euro in 1998 and 2000).
The current coach of the Blues Didier Deschamps, also connoisseur of Italy, was also able to provide advice to his player, whom he summoned to the June rally. “We may have to discuss, but he has a home adviser who will be able to give him his opinion,” smiled “DD” at a press conference several days ago. “I’m obviously talking about Lilian. But it will be Marcus’ decision first and foremost. »
According to Italian media, Thuram also rebuffed insistent advances from AC Milan, where he could have joined a small French colony (Olivier Giroud, Theo Hernandez, Pierre Kalulu, Mike Maignan). With Inter, he now dreams of a first trophy after eight professional seasons without a club title.