Leeds United were attempting to sign Tabanelli in January 2014.
He said: “The situation with Cagliari and Leeds was not particularly happy for me because of an injury and the bureaucracy.”
Cellino wanted the Italian midfielder, 25, to be his first signing at Leeds, but no deal could be formally completed and Tabanelli ended up leaving Cesena for Cagliari at the end of that January.
Cellino still got his man, as he owned Cagliari at that time, but it was at Leeds where the midfielder was planned to move to.
Tabanelli left Cagliari at the end that season when his loan ended, and he has since admitted that the saga concerning Leeds made him unhappy due to the bureaucracy surrounding the deal.
He was forced to sit out of training with Cesena before the move went through, and it must have been a turbulent time for the midfielder when he was starting to make a name for himself in Italian football.
Tabanelli would have been a good signing for Leeds, but the only thing to come out of Cellino’s attempts to bring him to England was an unhappiness from the play.