"I'm glad and happy to be back!" he exclaimed, writes Callum Baird. To the assembled hacks, it seemed strange that someone would be pleased to have traded a breezy life on the Algarve with Olhanense for the wild, windswept Ayrshire downs. "Sometimes you have to trade the weather for other things," he said, philosophically.
In any case, Portugal was not the sun-kissed haven it had promised to be. Kilmarnock may have its financial problems but, at Olhanense, Silva went five months without being paid, the money only transferred at the end of the season when top-flight status was assured. "Compared to where I was, Kilmarnock are absolutely fine," he laughed. "[Olhanense] just didn't have the money. I was lucky because I had some savings."
Silva doesn't foresee any settling back in following his return to Kilmarnock - "I know everybody," he grinned - but the same could not be said about the struggling Amido Balde, Celtic's £1.8m acquisition from Portuguese side Vitoria. The two crossed paths last season, Balde scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 victory, and Silva believes it will just take time for the striker to settle in.
"He is a good player," he said. "He just needs to get used to Scotland. It is very different, too many things are different. When he gets used to it he will do well."
The winger has been capped by Cape Verde - who are 19 places ahead of Scotland in the FIFA world rankings - and hopes an extended spell in the first team could win him further recognition. "Hopefully I'll get more," he said. "We went to the quarter-finals [of the African Cup of Nations]. We have a lot of good players that play abroad, in Portugal, France, in Holland . . ."
And now in Kilmarnock.