TalkSPORT was the first to report news of the meeting. CNN has reached out to the Super League for comment but has not heard back.
The source says Chelsea leadership spent the last two days discussing the situation with its stakeholders, the community and fans and decided they can’t break away and join the Super League if the fans aren’t invested in the project.
Later on Tuesday, The Sun newspaper reported Manchester City was also pulling out.
On Sunday, six English clubs — Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur — alongside three teams from Italy — AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus — and three from Spain — Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid — had laid out plans to form the breakaway competition.
“I think this project has died today … and it is on the way to becoming a complete botch,” former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon told CNN’s Richard Quest.
“I think it deserves it because it was a project destined to kill football. I think mainly at this time that we are living where many clubs are struggling to survive due to the economic problems from the pandemic, what football needs is unity, solidarity,” added Calderon.
More to follow.
CNN’s Amanda Davies contributed to this report.