Luis Suarez has for the first time opened up on his exit from Barcelona this summer.
The Uruguayan left the Catalan club after six successful years, joining rivals Atletico Madrid.
Lionel Messi blasted the club over their treatment of the striker, and he has now opened up on how he departed the club while also defending the Argentine.
"I was not surprised about Messi because I know him too well, I knew the pain he felt, as I did," Suarez said after their 2-1 win against Chile on Thursday.
"He felt they kicked me out of the club because of the forms. There were other ways to do things correctly with me. They were six long years and that bothered him too. I see him as a friend and he knows how badly we suffered.
"My family wanted to see me happy. There are some strange things at Barcelona like sending you to train separately because you were not considered for the game...
"Those kinds of things made me bad and my family saw me affected, so they encouraged me to take the opportunity. When Atletico came looking for me, I didn't hesitate for a single moment.
"Obviously I have to get used to various things, but I feel very happy at Atletico."
Suarez hit the ground running at Atleti with a double and an assist on his debut, quickly endearing himself to his new club's fans.