South China team director Peter Leung Shou-chi said yesterday he has yet to decide whether or not he would keep star midfielder Leslie Santos until the end of the season. Angry fans have besieged the club with telephone calls seeking an explanation as to why Santos has been omitted from the past couple of matches. Santos told the press on Tuesday he would definitely leave the Caroliners when his contract expires at the end of June - after a 16-year spell with the club. He said he had been 'ignored' by the club management though he had fully recovered from his knee injuries, which resulted in six operations over the past four seasons. However, Leung has not been moved by Santos' plea. 'The season is not finished yet. My focus is on the three remaining titles [the Ericsson League, the Viceroy Cup and the FA Cup],' said Leung who promoted Santos from the South China reserve team to the First Division squad in 1986. 'All players have their value. But my practice is I don't start contract negotiations during the season. It's way too early to say if we will extend Santos' contract or not.' Santos has complained about decisions made in their last three games. 'Nine substitutions were made but I was not one of them . . . and during our last game against Instant-Dict on Monday night, I was told to warm up but after one minute they let another player play but not me,' Santos said. 'I was humiliated.' Leung justified the substitution, saying he made the decision according to the Dickies' sudden change of playing format. 'I did want Santos to play. At that time our midfielder Gong Lei was tired and we needed to replace him,' he said. 'The first thing that came to my mind was to replace Gong with another midfielder. Therefore I asked Santos and Yeung Ching-kwong to warm up. 'However, Instant-Dict suddenly made a substitution to let their winger Yiu Hok-man play. So all their four midfielders were wingers - Yiu, Yeung Hei-chi, Chan Chi-kwong and Ricky Cheng Siu-chung. 'It was very obvious that they were to attack from both wings, therefore I changed my mind and let our fast winger Chan Chi-hong play, instead of Santos or Yeung [Ching-kwong]. 'The combination of Gong and our Austrian midfielder Franz Blizenec has been working very well, while Santos lacks variety position-wise. We can do nothing but leave him on the bench.' Santos is the only South China player who is without a contract for the next season, while defenders Ku Kam-fai, Sung Lin-yung and midfielder Wu Qunli have a one-year option. Meanwhile, their Swedish midfielder Joakim Grandelius, who is on loan, is to return to his mother club Ljungskile at the end of this month. His last game will be against Instant-Dict on March 30.