Oh yeah, I remember at some point as well that there was this discussion manga vs anime what's canon and what's not. So then there was an interview with Ikemoto and someone at SP, if I remember correctly, about how they are connected to one another.
I remember this came after a backlash concerning the fact that anime Naruto wasn't canon because they changed so much the main story of Naruto so who's to say that Boruto won't be the same?
So then representatives of both parties were brought together to confirm that anime and manga are related.
I think it was a strategy move though, so that what happened to Naruto won't happen here as well.
A way to keep both afloat and make sure they're relevant.