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Quagliarella remains cautious on winning the Serie A’s top scorer race

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Fabio Quagliarella is refusing to get carried away on winning the Capocannoniere crown this season after becoming the sole leader of the Serie A scoring charts.

The 36-year-old striker starred once more to help Sampdoria claim a 2-0 win over local rivals Genoa on Sunday afternoon.

AS Roma loanee Gregoire Defrel put Sampdoria ahead with a third-minute goal at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Overall, it was a relatively evenly played game between two sides before Quagliarella scored a penalty for his 22nd Serie A goal of the season.

It puts the Italy international one goal above AC Milan hotshot Krzysztof Piatek, with Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata completing the top three in the scoring charts. Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is fourth and three goals shy of Quagliarella’s tally.

However, the veteran forward is refusing to get carried away as there are still another six games left to play this season.

“There’s a long time to go this season and many talented strikers, so let’s just hold our horses,” Quagliarella told Sky Sport Italia.

On the Sampdoria’s victory, he said: “It was a wonderful day and I thank the crowd for allowing me to experience days like this.

“I scored a goal, provided an assist, there was a great save at the end from Ionut Radu. It was a marvellous feeling being there.

“We’ve got to continue like this, as every time we have to make the step up in quality and consistency, we tend to stumble. It’s important to create that momentum.”

The former Juventus man is contracted at Sampdoria until June 2020, which means he will be 37 come the end of his existing deal.

When asked if he intends to see out his career at Sampdoria, Quagliarella replied: “Unless they kick me out, I’m staying here.

“I saw the crowd preparing an ovation and waiting for the players to jump. I looked behind me, but there was nobody there, so it must’ve been for me.

“I thank them, it was a wonderful gesture and I’ll keep these emotions in my heart always.”