No supporters will be allowed to watch Silva in the stadium this afternoon - but he has sent a touching message to them ahead of kick-off.
“They have shown me so much respect – and respect is the most important thing for me," he said.
“They have shown me and my family respect wherever we go and then on the pitch too. I am very grateful for all of this.
“I just want to say thank you to all the supporters, to the club, to the workers here at the club because they have made my life much easier and I am grateful for that.
“I will be Blue – Blue forever."
He continued: “When you are young you don't dream about all of this. You dream about becoming a footballer, a professional footballer, you dream of playing in the top flight.
“But you never think about all the things that you could possibly achieve. Even more so now when I look back at everything I have achieved I could never have imagined it, even in my wildest dreams.
“I'm going to miss them a lot because we have been together for so many years - also the people who work here at the club who have made everything so easy.
“They are always there for me for everything I need every day."