Cardiff City believe that they could offer Nazmi Faiz a chance to redeem himself in Europe, after the Malaysian wonderkid decided to return home from Portugal despite being on a three-year contract with SC Beira-Mar.
Chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan claimed that he is always open to the idea of bringing Malaysian players over to the Welsh club and provide them with a strong base to improve and help the nation elevate its footballing status. However, he was quick to also add that the situation has to be analysed carefully before bringing Nazmi over because the work permit rules in Britain are very strict.
"We can definitely consider the idea seriously, just like we have been doing with other Malaysian players. We have been opening up opportunities for them to gain something directly from Cardiff City," Tan told Utusan Malaysia.
"But nevertheless, we have to look at this situation carefully before coming to a conclusion because we all know that the rules for [applying for a] work permit in Britain is very strict. It's only given to players that come from nations that are ranked in the top 70 of the official FIFA rankings.
"There might be a need for Nazmi to play elsewhere in Europe, before we can bring [him] over to Cardiff with a work permit," he added.
Nazmi himself has not ruled out the possibility of moving abroad again if the right opportunity arises.
The Welsh outfit have previously hosted national team players Safee Sali and Safiq Rahim on three-week trial stints.
While rumours initialy claimed that Nazmi's shocking return was entirely due to 'homesickness', recent reports have suggested that Beira-Mar's financial difficulties could have triggered it as well. Nazmi Faiz was apparently poorly paid during his short stint over there, which prompted his decision to return.