Rory Smith

Rory Smith is a football writer for The Independent.

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Harry Redknapp: 'They can have a Christmas party when they have a six week holiday in the summer'

Humbug Harry stands firm on Christmas ban

Spurs manager says golf trips, days at the races and festive nights out are old-fashioned and of little interest to most of his players

Massimilano Allegri won Milan the title last season, his first in charge

The glory that was Serie A may have faded - but beware

Italy's giants may fail this time, but they are getting a new act together, says Rory Smith

Chelsea are likely to want to sell Fernando Torres in the summer

Torres not being sold – until summer...

Fernando Torres will not leave Chelsea in the January transfer window but for the first time doubts over the long-term Stamford Bridge future of the most expensive player in British football history have emerged.

Luiz Suarez celebrates scoring against QPR on Saturday but faces an FA disciplinary commission today

Suarez to give testimony at Evra 'racism' hearing today

Luis Suarez is expected to appear today in front of the Football Association's disciplinary commission to offer his account of the clash with Manchester United's Patrice Evra at Anfield in October which led to the Liverpool striker being charged with issuing racist abuse at the Frenchman.

Brede Hangeland (left) and Aaron Hughes can hardly believe Fulham’s elimination

'Big blow' for Jol as Fulham Fall at last

Fulham 2 Odense BK 2

Lukas Podolski, FC Cologne: The German international is enjoying the most consistent campaign of his occasionally turbulent career and, at 26, still qualifies as a long-term signing. He returned to Cologne from Bayern Munich in 2009, but after seeing promises to build a competitive side around him fail to come to fruition, may be tempted away before his contract expires in 2013

So, who needs what come the winter sales?

Injuries and illness will force the six sides in the hunt for Champions League places to go shopping in January

Luiz Suarez celebrates scoring against QPR on Saturday but faces an FA disciplinary commission today

Suarez to give testimony at Evra 'racism' hearing today

Luis Suarez is expected to appear today in front of the Football Association's disciplinary commission to offer his account of the clash with Manchester United's Patrice Evra at Anfield in October which led to the Liverpool striker being charged with issuing racist abuse at the Frenchman.

Fernando Torres has scored just three goals since joining last January

Torres will not be sold – until the summer...

£50m misfit has until the end of the season to improve his game or Chelsea will offload him

Asamoah Gyan earns £125,000-a-week at Al Ain in the UAE

Pioneers head east in game's latest gold rush

From Siberia and the Middle East to China, Rory Smith follows the trail of new money

Juan Mata says the Chelsea squad are united behind their manager

We are a big happy family, insists Mata

Andre Villas-Boas has created a "family" atmosphere at Chelsea, according to Juan Mata, settling one of the Premier League's most fractious dressing rooms and helping every player at a club notoriously riven by factions feel as though they are involved.

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It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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