The Sun says he has NOT returned to Chelsea and is still in Brazil as his summer exile continues.
The Spanish striker has not returned to the Blues’ Cobham training ground, and has not been back to London since last season.
He had not been seen in nearly two-weeks, and was thought to be returning as Antonio Conte tries to heal the rift between the pair.
But the Brazil-born ace has been pictured driving in his hometown of Lagarto, going into the FOURTH month of his summer break away.
The 28-year-old was spotted in his Mercedes SUV, on the same day Blues chiefs moved his luxury Range Rover from the first-team car park at Cobham.
A source said: “Costa is still in his hometown, and it’s his fourth month away on his summer break. He isn’t on his way back yet.
“It’s the first time he has been seen since August when he was spotted playing football with friends. He looked very relaxed.”