The midfielder was offered a contract by Primeira Liga side Rio Ave.
The Football Association of Singapore say they “respect” Hariss Harun’s decision to reject a move to Portugal.
Hariss was offered a dream move to Primeira Liga side Rio Ave after they offered him a contract but the Lions XII turned down the deal due to “complications” after discussing it with his family and will remain with the Malaysian Super League champions.
It’s understood his National Service commitments and the proposed salary were factors in the 22-year-old Singapore international declining the opportunity to continue his career in Europe and led to the termination of discussions between FAS and Jorge Mendes, one of the world’s leading football agents.
“FAS is always on the lookout for overseas playing opportunities for our players,” a spokesman said to The New Paper.
“We are still in talks with several clubs and agents across Asia and Europe and will provide an update when there is further development.
“We will continue to do our best to secure an overseas playing contract for our players.
“Having said that, the decision is entirely up to the player and FAS will always respect the decision.”
Hariss is a full-time police national serviceman and completes his duties on Friday but Rio Ave wished for him to join last month on a contract that would see him earn less would have at LionsXII.