Patrick Bauer indicates his Charlton future hinges on promotion to the Championship

Charlton are steamrolling their way towards the top two – the Addicks are currently 11 games unbeaten and recorded a massive victory over league leaders Luton Town at the weekend – and they could quite easily oust Sunderland from the automatic promotions spots in the remaining four games if the Black Cats slip up.

The Charlton players know that if they win their remaining games then they’ve done all they can and will have to rely on other results going their way to bypass the play-offs on their way to the Championship, but it’s not all over if they don’t.

If The Valley outfit can carry this form into the play-offs then eventual promotion to the second tier will be a piece of cake and then the club hierarchy can finally set about planning for next season.

High on the agenda is Patrick Bauer: the defender whose contract expires in the summer and has been an absolute rock at the back for Lee Bowyer’s side this term.

Charlton are surely keen to keep the affectionately nicknamed ‘BFG’ at the club beyond the current campaign but the player himself has dropped a huge hint that his future at The Valley hinges on whether the Addicks can achieve promotion:

As per News Shopper, he said: “I want to play at the highest possible level, just like every player and I know the club wants to be playing as high as possible, at least in the Championship which is where we are all trying to get to.

“My focus now is just on getting Charlton promoted.

“When we are promoted, we’ll sit at a table and then we will speak about my future.”

Exuding confidence, the giant German appears certain that the Addicks will return to the second tier this season, although failing that, he offers no confirmation that he will remain at SE7.

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Clearly the 6 ft 3 defender wants to be playing in the most prestigious competitions – as every player does deep down – and his ambition could cause him to seek an exit this summer if Charlton fall at the last hurdle.

Having featured 32 times in the league this season Bauer is a key part of Bowyer’s side and the Charlton boss would hate to lose the 26-year-old, who has chalked up a powerful partnership with Naby Sarr at the heart of defence.