If any club has expertise to call upon when it comes to world-class left-backs, it is Real Madrid.For years, the club has called upon Marcelo, widely recognized as the best attacking full-back the game has to offer. He’s won it all during his time in Madrid, including four La Liga crowns and four Champions League titles.Although the search for a long-term replacement has likely taken Real Madrid to all four corners of the globe, the club has not had to look too far for the man who has emerged as a top target for the summer. That search has seen the club swoop for Ferland Mendy as the long-term answer for the club going forward. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A professional since 2015, when he broke through the ranks at Le Havre – the same club as the likes of Paul Pogba, Lassana Diarra and Riyad Mahrez were fostered – the 23-year-old has emerged as a key figure for Bruno Genesio’s side.Mendy’s rise has been astronomical. At the age of 21, he had made just 12 league appearances, all in the second tier for Le Havre. Two and a half years later, he finds himself a full international for France and having played a starring role in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition throughout Lyon’s Champions League push before a round of 16 defeat at the hands of Barcelona.“It’s true that everything’s happened very quickly since Le Havre, but I tell myself that it must go quicker!” he told France Football in January. “I have to continue with this dynamic.”Mendy spent time in Paris Saint-Germain’s youth ranks but was released due to a form of arthritis in his hip, forcing him to miss a good deal of football when he was aged 15, while he also lost his father at a young age.“I’ve not had an easy journey, it’s true, but I’ve never given up,” he added. “Now I’m here. This burning desire to succeed, it’s in my character. I’ve always been like that.”Although a self-assured individual, sometimes branded as arrogant, Mendy is not someone who habitually speaks to the media. Instead, he expresses himself on the field, where he is a tireless piston down Lyon’s left flank.Perhaps inevitably, given his name and role, he is compared to Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy, who broke through at Le Havre in the two campaigns before his namesake arrived in Normandy.He offers a similar willingness to attack and comparable quality in the final third, even if this aspect of his game is not quite as polished as that of his compatriot.His marginal deficit in terms of his final ball – and it is marginal – is made up for with greater tactical awareness and solidarity at the other end of the park. And in some regards he is technically sounder, possessing a particularly capable right foot“He’s the Kylian Mbappe of the left-back role,” experienced agent Yvan Le Mee told France Football. “Contrary to popular belief, the left-back position is the most requested after that of a striker because they’re very difficult to find.“Mendy is good offensively and defensively, which is very rare. Balanced guys, who are exciting going forward and very strong at the back, are very rare. At his age, there’s no-one better.“Apart from Andy Robertson, who won’t move from Liverpool, there’s no such talented player in that role available, especially as Lucas Hernandez has a different profile.” He has already proven he can cut it against the best, shining as Lyon defeated Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium in September and turning in a level of performance that arguably made him the best left-back in the group stage of the Champions League.Now, he faces up to the challenge of eventually replacing a legend and becoming another building block for a Real Madrid team looking to reinvent itself by bringing in the club’s next great full-back.
Tailoring can be a tricky thing so to help our gents out we got the sartorial sizzle from Alex Wilcox of Lord Willy’s.Our thoughts on the subject: Our mantra is simple: Buy Less, Buy Quality, Support Craftsmanship! Why have piles of cheap, ill-fitting items when you can have a tight collection of handsome, quality, well-made pieces you can be proud of? There ya go…Tips from a tailor:We popped around to one of our favorite tailors, Alex Wilcox of Lord Willy’s in New York City to ask him for some essential tips for dressing well. Alex and his wife Betty are British expats who have been whipping New York men into sartorial shape for years now.1. A good shirt will save a bad suit, any day of the week. Your entire appearance comes from the neck down. A well fitted, clean, precise collar will set the tone and draw less attention to what follows. To the same point, a great suit with a bad shirt is going to do you no favors.2. What color tie should I wear with this? When in doubt, go with a solid navy tie. It will “ground” your other choices and always look sophisticated. It’s the “Swiss Army Knife” of the sartorial world. The only color it doesn’t go with is black.3. I need to buy a suit. It will have to work for work, weddings, funerals, and possible court cases. What should I get? A solid navy or a solid charcoal suit will work for all of the above. Grey and navy both allow other colors to breathe, so it’s up to you how to accessorize. A black suit (which seems to be most people’s first suit) is very limiting. It’s too harsh and, like a picture, it simply frames your other choices and should only be worn for black tie events or by people who know how to wear it.4. Choose pieces that you wear, not pieces that wear you. If your personality is confident and playful, by all means, let your outfit show it. If you are the shy, retiring type, don’t go looking for the clothes to change you. Embrace your own persona and shine from within. There’s nothing wrong with sophisticated — it’s always fashionable.5. Don’t spend more than 20 minutes getting dressed in the morning. Just go with the flow. If you botch it up, don’t worry, it’s just called “character building.”Etiquette:Don’t ever buy something because it is expensive. Buy it because you like it. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Do take care of your clothes. Clothes don’t fare well on the floor, that’s what hangers are for. How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt
A pet dog has undergone gender reassignment in a rare operation after vets discovered she was a hermaphrodite.Molly, a Jack Russell who was born with male and female parts, has made a complete recovery after undergoing the rare gender reassignment surgery.Mary and Frank Finlay first took their puppy Molly to the vet when they noticed her unusual toileting behaviour. Ross Allan, a vet based in Glasgow, discovered she was intersex, with elements of both male and female external genitalia.This was causing her “significant” discomfort and abrasions, so she underwent a “complex” operation to improve her quality of life.Mr Allan said Molly, now around 18 months old, has made a complete recovery after the surgery last June.Mr Finlay told BBC Scotland’s Kaye Adams Programme: “We got Molly in November 2015 and noticed that around the house she would squat to do her pees but outside she would lift her leg.”I mentioned this early on in 2016 to one of Ross’s colleagues and they came up with the probability that she was a hermaphrodite, both sexes.”They did MRI scans and X-rays, and eventually she was operated on in 2016. We still call her Molly.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The complex surgical procedure involved removing her pseudo male sexual organ and forming a functional urethral opening where the female genitalia would normally be found.Mr Allan, who works at the Pets’n’Vets Family’s Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital in Glasgow, said: “Molly was what is defined medically as a male pseudo hermaphrodite, or more commonly ‘intersex’.”Her particular anatomy meant that whilst Molly appeared to be a female, closer examination revealed elements of both male and female external genitalia, and unfortunately this was leading to significant genital discomfort.”If left untreated, this risked her developing a long-term and debilitating condition.”We decided that the very best solution for Molly was to proceed with definitive surgery to create an anatomical situation which would avoid ongoing issues or discomfort.”The surgery was a great success and Molly is much more comfortable and happier as a result.”Intersexism is rare in pets and some cases will not require any treatment at all.”In Molly’s case, it was a painful condition which was causing problems and surgery was an important step to ensure she was able to go on to live a pain-free life.” Intersex Jack Russell MollyCredit:PA Jack Russell Molly with her owners Mary and Frank Finlay at home in GlasgowCredit:SWNS Mrs Finlay added: “We’ve seen no change in her behaviour. She’s still the same wee Molly and we wouldn’t be without her, she’s too precious.”During the surgical procedure, Mr Allan found Molly’s internal sexual organs were that of a male, with testicles in the place of ovaries within her abdomen.
Mutech, based in Manchester, England, has announced a record order book. The company, which has 25 years experience in electronics design and manufacture of intrinsic safety equipment for leading companies worldwide, quoted a 40% increase for Q4 of 2012, compared with the same period in 2011. Business has expanded, particularly in the oil, gas and mining equipment markets, as Managing Director, Colin Cameron, explains: “We have increased our marketing and customer service in the core areas of hazardous and functional safety. Our growth is driven by an expanding international end user market.”The expanding order book is reflected in staff intake, which has increased by 20% over the last 12 months. Colin Cameron is keen to recognise the significance of high calibre personnel: “Our success has been powered by professional, motivated and valued people. The award of IIP Gold earlier this year proved that investing in personnel is the key to our long term goal of becoming a centre of excellence for our chosen specialist markets. And, very importantly, we still have huge potential for further innovation, development and growth.”Colin Cameron, who was elected Chairman of the important L/6/10* committee and who has recently returned from the international IECEx* series of meetings to discuss harmonisation with the industry, stresses the importance of certification for continued success in global markets: “The UK’s standards are currently seen as the benchmark and Mutech’s strategy is to work towards product certification for all its markets.”The company embraces the wide spectrum of electronics, from specification, circuit design, software development, through approvals and testing, to prototype and low volume production. A member of the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC) Mutech designs, builds and tests internationally approved products for customers in the fields of mining and other hazardous areas.*L/6/10 comprises manufacturers, users, certification and government bodies, offering a UK perspective to the international committee. L/6/10 is the sole route for UK input into the IECEx scheme.The L/6/10 committee reports to the British Electrotechnical Committee (BEC), the UK Committee for IEC. The L/6/10 is responsible for issues relating to the certification of electrical and mechanical equipment used in hazardous areas (the IECEx scheme), including the oil, gas, mining and landfill industries, as well as food and other process industries.IECEx is the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to standards relating to equipment for use in explosive atmospheres.