Charlton Athletic defender Patrick Bauer will be leaving the club to make a move to the Championship if they fail to win promotion through the play-offs, manager Lee Bowyer has said.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has said that Patrick Bauer will be making a move to the Championship if they do not win promotion this season.

The Addicks have the advantage over Doncaster Rovers as it stands, holding a 2-1 lead over Grant McCann’s side heading into Friday night’s second leg at The Valley. If they progress against Doncaster, Charlton will face Sunderland at Wembley for a place in the Championship.

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If they fail to make their way into the Championship, Bowyer has admitted that players could leave the club this summer – including Patrick Bauer.

“There are certain players that we could lose if we do not go up. 

“Patrick Bauer has said himself if we do not get promotion then he is going to go to a Championship side. We cannot stop that. Other players have done well as well, and when you do well as a team it draws attention. Look at Karlan Grant. He had an opportunity to go and play in the Premier League and he wanted to go. We could not stop him.

“That is part of the game. People come and people go. Then next season, depending on what division we are in, we will have to build again because there are a lot of people out of contract. That is the reality. But you do not know what is going to happen in the summer. But let’s get promotion and then we will tackle the problems that we have or do not have.”

Bauer has been heavily linked with a move to Blackburn Rovers for some time now, with Tony Mowbray keen to sign him last summer. Links have re-emerged in the run-up to the summer transfer window and have had their hopes boosted by Bowyer’s words on Bauer’s situation.

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