He can't see himself "playing in another side against City". Colin "The King" Bell made 500 appearances for the club in the 1970's, Bert Trautmann turned from prisoner-of-war to FA Cup hero and Peter Doherty was arguably their most talented player pre-2000.
The 33-year-old Spanish midfielder will leave after 10 years with the Premier League champions.
Mateo has since recovered and was in attendance for City's first home game of this season in August, when Silva scored in a 6-1 rout of Huddersfield.
We haven't been able to achieve that goal yet of winning the Champions League.
Since joining from Valencia in 2010 in a deal worth around £21m, Silva has played 396 times for City, scoring 71 goals and providing 129 assists on his way to four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups, including the historic treble last season.
There has been some criticism of Manchester City in the past for their struggles bringing through young players - opting to break their transfer record to sign Riyad Mahrez, for example, instead of backing Jadon Sancho earlier on.
Fernando Torres, ex Chelsea and Liverpool star, retires from football
Torres was speaking to reporters at a news conference arranged to outline the reasons behind his retirement at the age of 35. Fernando Torres has hailed Steven Gerrard as "the best player" he featured alongside during his illustrious career.
"I've got a family now and it's about priorities", he added.
Ending his career at hometown club Las Palmas has always been Silva's plan, but he indicated they will have to seal promotion to LaLiga for that move to be realistic.
That phrase is not one that I use lightly and City, perhaps contrary to popular belief, have had many club legends during their illustrious past.
"Not China", Silva said of his next destination.
"I would like to do that, but I don't know", said Silva. Little did they know that a decade later he would have won nearly everything and become their greatest ever player.
"I'm sure he's [Foden] going to be a fantastic player". Not only is he a good footballer, but he also comes as a nice and humble person in interviews. He's very quiet but always there, competing. He's taken the information in and he's getting better day by day.